Jack DeJohnette's Made in Chicago welcomed home at Newport Jazz!

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Thursday August 06, 2015

From Rolling Stone
By David Fricke

*Fricke’s First Newport Jazz Festival: 5 Standout Sets
Jack DeJohnette’s Made in Chicago, Fort Stage, August 1st*

The friendships and unexhausted adventure in this group go back half a century, when DeJohnette and saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell were charter spirits in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, co-founded in Chicago in 1965 by pianist Muhal Richard Abrams. The four reunited for a set, with bassist Larry Gray, at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2013, recently issued on CD by ECM. The group’s Newport reprise ‘” an hour-long suite of scored fire music and marathon soloing impulse ‘” was bold reveille, the first main-stage action of the day. DeJohnette’s thundering swing underneath the reeds and Abrams’ circular rain of piano was a timely revelation: a tidal charge of snare and toms that would, pared into something closer to a groove, drive the electric Miles Davis when DeJohnette joined his band in time for Newport in 1969, then the ’69 sessions for Bitches Brew. A final, hurricane round of free-dueling saxes, hammering piano and ecstatic DeJohnette was a reminder that the AACM’s mission ‘” black power dedicated to the pursuit of a truly free jazz ‘” has always been outlaw’s work. Back in ’65, these men wouldn’t have gotten into Newport without paying admission. Today, though, they were honored as warriors and welcomed home.

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