Jack DeJohnette featuring Bennie Maupin, Stanley Cowell, Miroslav Vitous, Eddie Gómez, and Roy Haynes recorded in 1968 and released on the Milestone label in 1969.
Drummer Jack DeJohnette's
debut as a leader (which has been reissued on CD) has quite a bit of
variety. The music ranges from advanced swinging to brief free
improvisations and some avant-funk. DeJohnette (who doubles on melodica) is joined by Bennie Maupin (on tenor and flute), keyboardist Stanley Cowell, bassists Miroslav Vitous and Eddie Gomez, and drummer Roy Haynes. He uses six different combinations of musicians on the eight songs (five of his originals, John Coltrane's "Miles' Mode," Cowell's "Equipoise" and Vitous' "Mirror Image"). Intriguing and generally successful music.
This album, released in 1969, has all the charms
of an eager first album. THE DEJOHNETTE COMPLEX also makes a solid case
for Jack DeJohnette as a formidable composer and band leader. He already
had impressive credentials as a drummer, having had successful stints
with both Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis (after replacing Tony Williams).
players on this album are some of the best of that time: Miroslav
Vitous and Eddie Gomez on bass, Stanley Cowell on piano, Bennie Maupin
on tenor saxophone, and Roy Haynes on drums. There are angular ballads
and furiously cascading post-bop rave-ups. The compositions reveal
DeJohnette's deep musical background and training in classical piano.
All compositions by Jack DeJohnette except as indicated
"Equipoise" (Stanley Cowell) - 3:58
"The Major General" - 6:34
"Miles' Mode" (John Coltrane) - 6:36
"Requiem Number 1" - 2:21
"Mirror Image" (Miroslav Vitous) - 5:08
"Papa, Daddy and Me" - 7:53
"Brown, Warm and Wintry" - 5:02
"Requiem Number 2" - 1:41
Recorded at Dandon Productions, New York on December 26 and 27, 1968
Jack DeJohnette: drums, melodica
Bennie Maupin: tenor saxophone, wood flute, flute
Stanley Cowell: electric piano, piano
Miroslav Vitous; bass
Eddie Gómez: bass
Roy Haynes: drums, percussion