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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The first (and mightiest) of Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition ensembles offered a sound that in many ways was revolutionary in modern contemporary and creative improvised music circa 1980. With firebrand alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe and enfant terrible tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist David Murray bobbing, weaving, and counterpunching, DeJohnette and bassist Peter Warren could have easily stood back in deference to these heavyweight pugilists. The result was a vehicle by which DeJohnette could power the two with his two-fisted drumming and play piano or melodica when the mood suited him, while Warren could simply establish a foundation for all to launch their...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The first (and mightiest) of Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition ensembles offered a sound that in many ways was revolutionary in modern contemporary and creative improvised music circa 1980. With firebrand alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe and enfant terrible tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist David Murray bobbing, weaving, and counterpunching, DeJohnette and bassist Peter Warren could have easily stood back in deference to these heavyweight pugilists. The result was a vehicle by which DeJohnette could power the two with his two-fisted drumming and play piano or melodica when the mood suited him, while Warren could simply establish a foundation for all to launch their witty, extroverted, oftentimes boisterous ideas into the stratosphere. The recording starts off very strong with two definitive tracks. "One for Eric," perfectly rendered in the spirit of Eric Dolphy, has Blythe and Murray's bass clarinet taking off, flying, and then soaring. Their contrasting tart and sweet sounds merge beautifully, and not without a smidgen of humor. "Zoot Suite" sports a great 4/4 bass groove with quirky accents, while Blythe's alto and Murray's tenor repeat a head-nodding line, then Murray's sax chortles like a cow, then they float over DeJohnette's melodica, and on the repeat line the drummer powers the band to the finish line. Both of these tracks are as complete, fully realized, and utterly unique as any in modern jazz, and deserve standards status. But John Coltrane's visage is not far behind on the peaceful "Central Park West," with DeJohnette again on the underlying melodica, while "India" has DeJohnette leading out on a playful Native and Eastern Indian motif via his piano playing. Blythe and Murray literally weep on the alto and bass clarinet. The finale, "Journey to the Twin Planet," is a free-based improvisation, with Blythe's squawky alto and Murray's long-toned tenor with overblown harmonics held in mezzo piano range, and DeJohnette's melodica evincing an electronic stance. A craggy, wild, and free bop idea provides a bridge (or maybe wormhole) to a calmer, supposed other planet. While there are no extra tracks on this recording -- and they would be welcome -- this first version of Special Edition stands alone as one of the most important and greatest assemblages of jazz musicians. This CD deserves a definitive five-star rating for the lofty place it commands in the evolution of jazz headed toward new heights and horizons.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 602517758322
  • Catalog Number: 001161902
  • Sales rank: 64,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One for Eric - David Murray (9:51)
  2. 2 Zoot Suite - David Murray (11:23)
  3. 3 Central Park West - David Murray (3:14)
  4. 4 India - David Murray (6:02)
  5. 5 Journey to the Twin Planet - David Murray (8:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack DeJohnette Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Mellophonium, Melodica
Arthur Blythe Alto Saxophone
Peter Warren Bass, Cello
David Murray Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jack DeJohnette Producer
Manfred Eicher Executive Producer
Tony May Engineer
Klaus Detjen Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jack DeJohnette Special Edition

    To me, this record is a classic. As a group SE picks up where Miles left in the late sixties. The best acoustic band since then. In his compositions, DeJohnette makes clear references to Eric Dolphy - especially "Out to Lunch". And the two horns, Blythe and Murray, are just stunning, incapsulating the whole story in modern jazz in their solos. It has to be one the top ten albums of the last century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #7: Something more than a special edition

    Hear Jack play those drums. This way cool album is bookended by two mindbending avant-garde pieces: the bouncy, moving One For Eric and the twisting Journey To The Twin Planet. WARNING: Do not listen to this if you don't like avantgarde jazz.

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