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Jack DeJohnette
Special Edition

Jack DeJohnette drums, piano, organ, congas, timpani, melodica, vocals
David Murray tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Arthur Blythe alto saxophone
Chico Freeman soprano and tenor saxophones, flute, bass clarinet
John Purcell alto and baritone saxophones, flutes, alto clarinet
Rufus Reid bass, electric bass
Peter Warren double bass, cello
Baikida Carroll trumpet
 
CD 1
Special Edition (ex ECM 1152)
One For Eric
Zoot Suite
Central Park West
India
Journey To The Twin Planet

CD 2
Tin Can Alley (ex ECM 1189)
Tin Can Alley
Pastel Rhapsody
Riff Raff
The Gri Gri Man
I Know

CD 3
Inflation Blues (ex ECM 1244 - previously NOT released on CD)
Starburst
Ebony
The Islands
Inflation Blues
Slowdown

CD 4
Album Album (ex ECM 1280)
Ahmad The Terrible
Monk´s Mood
Festival
New Orleans Strut
Third World Anthem
Zoot Suite


Recorded March 1979, September 1980, September 1982 & June 1984

ECM 2296_99
 
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Special Edition – a band with revolving membership and an incredible cast of soloists including David Murray, Arthur Blythe and Chico Freeman – was one of the most sophisticated vehicles for Jack DeJohnette’s all-around talents. This set brings together the albums Special Edition (ECM 1152), Tin Can Alley (ECM 1189), Inflation Blues (ECM 1244) and Album Album (ECM 1280), underscoring the excitement of invention and possibility one can hear in this era of DeJohnette’s career. The recordings reveal him as an artist in touch with tradition even as he sought the cutting edge of the day, paying homage to his jazz heroes yet experimenting with new sounds. There are echoes of old New Orleans grooves and Swing-era big bands in this collection, as well as material crafted with the techniques of ’80s pop singles; there are ambitious suite-like compositions, and there is spontaneously lowdown rhythm & blues.
Recorded 1979-1984 and remastered from original tapes for ECM’s Old & New Masters series.