DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison highlight at New Orleans JazzFest

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Monday April 25, 2016

By Jennifer Odell

Saturday at Jazz Fest

One of Saturday’s highlight for jazz fans came courtesy of drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison, who stretched out on tunes culled mostly from their debut trio album, In Movement.

DeJohnette has known Coltrane and Garrison since they were children (Ravi is the son of John and Alice Coltrane; Matthew’s father was the bassist Jimmy Garrison). And though he took the lead ‘” anchoring tunes like ‘Atmosphere’ with tabla-inspired motifs on what looked like an electric drum pad attached to his kit ‘” he also left plenty of space for his colleagues to step out front.

‘Atmosphere’ began with a drum meditation that grew in dynamics as Coltrane’s horn and Garrison’s rumbling bass added depth and color. As the tune built up to a climax, Garrison worked in a handful of funk-laced riffs, shifting the texture of the piece.

On ‘Blue In Green,’ the band’s take on Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s famous track from Kind of Blue, DeJohnette switched to piano, exercising a light touch on the keys that bolstered Coltrane’s soft sound. He returned to long, complex soundscapes on drums for the trio’s original composition, ‘Two Jimmies,’ written for Garrison’s father and Jimi Hendrix.

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