Trio Beyond - Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Goldings

Featured Artists Recorded

November 2004, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Original Release Date


  • CD 1
  • 1If
    (Joe Henderson)
  • 2As One
    (Larry Goldings)
  • 3Allah Be Praised
    (Larry Young)
  • 4Saudades
    (Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Goldings)
  • 5Pee Wee
    (Tony Williams)
  • 6Spectrum
    (John McLaughlin)
  • CD 2
  • 1Seven Steps To Heaven
    (Miles Davis)
  • 2I Fall in Love Too Easily
    (Jule Styne)
  • 3Love In Blues
    (Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Goldings)
  • 4Big Nick
    (John Coltrane)
  • 5Emergency
    (Tony Williams)
Preis der dt. Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste 3/2006
Jazzman, Choc du mois
Saudades is a live disc that makes you wish you’d been at the show. … Peppered with pieces from Williams’ career the program has as much overt swing as it does fusion groove. The insightful way DeJohnette smudges the line between the two, masterfully blending muscle and grace, is key to the music’s personality. … From pummelling polyrhythms to the most subtle snare ruminations, he goads his mates throughout. They respond with some thrilling work. Scofield offers a keen, continuous flow of ideas, and Goldings is a provocateur who enhances both the drummer’s clout and the guitarist’s extrapolations.
Long story short: three dudes making full connection on rich material. I’m praying for a tour date near me.
Jim Macnie, DownBeat
This thrilling album, recorded live at last year’s London Jazz Festival … is a tribute to the Lifetime trio of the early ‘70s that featured Tony Williams, Larry Young and the Mac man in the same roles. That music was a crucial piece in the jazz-rock puzzle and this rousing evocation of the spirit of that group pleasingly invites conjecture as to how far the group could have gone. … Goldings and Scofiled play heartily throughout but it’s DeJohnette who is really the star of the show… John McLaughlin needs to hear this.
Kevin Le Gendre, Echoes
Enjoy three A-list players teaming up to celebrate the sorties into the wilder reaches of jazz-rock made by Tony Williams’s band, Lifetime. John Scofield is at his bluesy best vying with the versatile Hammond of Larry Goldings, Jack DeJohnette on drums is a precise mix of grace and fire.
John Bungey, The Times
Ein Supertrio huldigt dem 1997 verstorbenen Schlagzeuger Tony Williams… Drummer Jack DeJohnette, einst Williams’ Nachfolger bei Miles Davis, Gitarrist John Scofield, noch ein Kompagnon des großen Trompeters, und Orgelspieler Larry Goldings hatten achtungsvollen Spaß, als sie in dieser ansteckenden Londoner Session Williams’ Orgeltrio „Lifetime“ nachstellten. ... Knapp zwei Stunden Livemusik hört man, ein Gipfeltreffen, das vom Erinnern ins Heute abhebt und von dort ein musikalisches Bekennerschreiben losschickt.
Ulrich Steinmetzger, Rheinischer Merkur
Jack DeJohnette, der Williams seinerzeit bei Miles Davis ablöste, denkt nicht daran, diese vulkanische perkussive Fusion zu imitieren. Er ist längst seine eigene Legende. Seine Bewunderung für Williams ist allerdings auch fast zehn Jahre nach dessen Tod so groß, dass er ihm ein Denkmal errichten wollte. ... Im Gegensatz zu den Hommagen, welche die allgemeine Ratlosigkeit auf der Suche nach Rückversicherung im Bewährten zeitigt, ist diese ein höchst vitales Unternehmen. ... Ein Live-Mitschnitt, mit dem damit verbundenen Gewinn an Spontaneität.
Peter Rüedi, Weltwoche
Saudades ist ein vitales, ereignisreiches Album, das in Erinnerung ruft, wobei es beim Jazzrock ursprünglich ging: nämlich nicht, auf möglichst smoothe Weise Wohnzimmer zu beschallen, sondern Abenteuerlust und Risiko in die Musik zu bringen.
Rolf Thomas, Jazzthetik
Schlagzeuger Jack DeJohnette, Keyboarder Larry Goldings und Gitarrist John Scofield spielen 2004 auf einem Konzert in London … Musik von Williams. Revolutionär klingt sie zwar nicht mehr, aber dank der energiegeladenen Improvisationen atmet sie nach wie vor den Geist des Neuen. DeJohnettes Trio Beyond spielt keine ehrerbietigen Cover-Versionen, es ehrt Williams, indem es seine Stücke neu auflädt, als seien sie gerade eben erst entstanden.
Ulrich Selich, Handelsblatt
A blistering live set, recorded in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2004, with music originally presented under the rubric “Lifetime and Beyond: Celebrating Tony Williams.” Project initiator Jack DeJohnette replaced his good friend Tony Williams in the Miles Davis group in 1969, when Williams left to launch Lifetime, the explosive and short-lived group that had a powerful impact at the dawn of electric jazz. Although jazz critics comprehended Lifetime’s achievement only retrospectively, the band’s confrontational cross-referencing of jazz improvisational fluency and rock dynamics was enormously influential amongst musicians. Only “Bitches Brew”, which paved the way for diverse progressive jazz-funk hybrids, was as highly regarded by players at the time.

Trio Beyond echoes the instrumental format – organ/guitar/drums – of Lifetime, as Larry Goldings, John Scofield and Jack DeJohnette revisit material once played by Larry Young, John McLaughlin and Tony Williams. Thus “Emergency” and “Spectrum” are drawn from Lifetime’s first disc, while Coltrane’s “Big Nick” and Larry Young’s “Allah Be Praised” were part of the repertoire on the follow-up “Turn It Over”. However, in rounding out this portrait, DeJohnette, Scofield and Goldings also retrace the path of Tony Williams, going back to his early days with Miles Davis. “Seven Steps To Heaven” was one of the first pieces that the then 17-year-old Williams played with the great trumpeter, recording it on the album of the same name in 1963 and, soon afterwards, on several live discs (“Miles In St Louis”, “Four and More”). The standard “I Fall In Love Too Easily” was also part of Miles’s book in the early 1960s, recorded on the “Seven Steps” album and, again, two years later on the “Plugged Nickel” sessions. “Pee Wee” is a piece Williams wrote for the Davis group, and recorded on “Sorcerer” in 1967 in the classic 60s Davis group with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter.

Trio Beyond also looks fleetingly at Larry Young’s “Unity” recording of 1965, an important pre-Lifetime statement (with Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw). “If” comes from this source.

The rest of the material, composed and/or improvised by the trio members, includes Larry Goldings’s “As One”, which launches the sequence that includes Larry Young’s “Allah Be Praised” and the collective piece “Saudades”; on CD 2, “Love In Blues” which flowers out of “I Fall In Love Too Easily”, is also a group improvisation.

Jack DeJohnette: “The idea for this trio came out of conversations that John Scofield and I had regarding how important Tony Williams had been to us both musically and as a band leader. Among other things, his innovative propulsive rhythmic approach and his visionary concept of time and space had been a tremendous influence on us both. John had been playing with Larry Goldings for a while, another admirer of Tony, and we both felt he was the perfect person to round out the trio based on Tony’s Lifetime band.”
Larry Goldings, in fact, had been approached by Tony Williams shortly before the drummer’s untimely death in 1997 (aged just 51) to form a new group in the spirit of Lifetime band, a further musical-historical rationale for Trio Beyond...

“Saudades” marks Goldings’s debut on ECM, although he appeared on Carla Bley’s ECM-distributed WATT recording of 1999, “4 X 4”. Born in Boston, he studied at New York’s Eastman School of Music and the New School for Social Research, with teachers including Ran Blake and Jaki Byard. Goldings honed his craft as an improviser/arranger working as musical director in singer Jon Hendricks’s band. Since then he has worked with everyone from Jim Hall to Madeleine Peyroux, from Maceo Parker to James Taylor. On piano, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly have been his primary influences but on organ he remains indebted to Larry Young, the single most important figure in leading the jazz organ toward more ‘abstract’ possibilities and beyond blues/shuffle stylings. Goldings has been associated with John Scofield since 1993. He also leads his own trio and quartet, with several recordings on the Palmetto label.

One of jazz’s greatest drummers, Jack DeJohnette has played with very many of the major figures in the music’s history. The list includes John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, Lee Morgan, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and more. For more than 20 years, he has been a member of the immensely popular trio Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette, colloquially known as “the Standards Trio”, while continuing also to lead his own bands. His numerous recordings for ECM display his subtle, powerful playing and the ‘melodic’ approach to drums and cymbals that makes his touch instantly recognisable.

In addition to his work with Jarrett and his albums as a leader, Jack DeJohnette has appeared on ECM recordings with John Surman, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Steve Kuhn, Bill Connors, Miroslav Vitous, Kenny Wheeler, Terje Rypdal, and more...

John Scofield has previously appeared on ECM albums with Marc Johnson – “Bass Desires”, “Second Sight” and, recently, “Shades of Jade”, as well as on Steve Swallow’s XtraWatt album ”Swallow”. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Scofield grew up listening to soul and R& B, but he first came to a wider attention in jazz-rock contexts, playing with Billy Cobham. In the 1970s he was already moving in heavy company, and after stints with Gary Burton and Gerry Mulligan, he recorded with Charles Mingus on “Three or Four Shades of Blues”. He also partnered Tony Williams on several album sessions – including recordings with Chet Baker and with Terumasa Hino. In 1982 Scofield joined Miles Davis, and toured with him for three years. Along the way he has led groups of his own and recorded prolifically; his alliance with saxophonist Joe Lovano, begun at Berklee and resumed in the late 80s, led to a series of highly acclaimed albums for Blue Note. In recent years, Scofield has been consciously reintegrating his formative influences with his improvising capacities, looking again at the possibilitities of soul jazz and groove-based musics and playing with Medeski, Martin, and Wood and other alternate rock players on the ‘jam bands’ scene.