- Genre: Jazz
- Instrument: Drums
- Web Site: Here
Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers, recently praised by The New York Times' Ben Ratliff as looking "ever more like one of the most important musicians in the last 40 years of jazz". In his early years on the Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer, collaborating with most major figures in jazz history, most notably John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Betty Carter. An expert at a number of instruments, DeJohnette is also skilled at nearly every musical style, from R&B to rock, various world music, reggae, bebop and free improvisation. He is also no stranger to leading bands of his own, last year alone saw the debut of two new projects; The Jack DeJohnette Quartet (featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Jerome Harris) and The Latin Project (featuring Don Byron, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerome Harris, Edsel Gomez and Luisito Quintero). In addition to his own recordings, he can be heard on such diverse projects as "The Out of Towners" with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock to as Alice Coltrane "Translinear Light" to Meshell Ndegeocello's, "Dance of the Infidels".
On April 26, 2005, DeJohnette launched his new imprint, Golden Beams Productions with the simultaneous release of two singular projects: a stunning duet with the revered Gambian Kora player Foday Musa Suso called "Music from the Hearts of the Masters"; and a sublime recording for relaxation and meditation entitled "Music in the Key of Om".
Since then, Golden Beams has released a remix album "Hybrids", by The Ripple Effect, DeJohnette's latest collaborative project featuring Foday Musa Suso, Marlui Miranda, the most acclaimed and recognized performer and researcher of Brazilian Indian music, multi-instrumentalist and composer John Surman, producer/engineer and guitarist Big Al, and mix master Ben Surman, who produced the album with DeJohnette. Hybrids blends shades of African jazz, reggae and dance music to launch jazz into the 21st century.