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The Spirit of Miles: DeJohnette, Hancock and Holland
with special guest Bobby McFerrin


On June 26th, 2003, at the Monument National theater in Montreal, the lights came up on artist-in-residence Jack DeJohnette at the drums, with Herbie Hancock at the piano and Dave Holland on bass. When this trio comes together, a fourth spirit is in the air: Miles Davis. Herbie was in the late 1960s quintet with Miles, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Dave and Jack were on the turning-point album Bitches Brew. Herbie, Dave and Jack have grown to become great figures in jazz since those days.

Raised in Chicago, DeJohnette was part of the city's vital experimental music scene, before moving east. Later, in New York, he played with saxophonists Jackie McLean and Charles Lloyd. Jack hooked up with Lloyd's pianist, Keith Jarrett, and is now a 20-year-member of the renowned Keith Jarrett Trio. Jack leads a trio celebrating his mentor on the drums, Tony Williams, and he also reaches beyond jazz, working with musicians from Ghana, Brazil and Latin America.

Jack says that in all his work, he sees his role as a colorist. His cymbals are an orchestra. He wants to keep his drumming precise, but loose. His meticulous looseness, across a beautiful battery of drums and percussion instruments, is fully employed when vocalist Bobby McFerrin joins DeJohnette for some, improvisation doesn't seem to be strong enough a term. They are like painters, dancers, theatrical and wildly imaginative in their duets, as heard on this JazzSet.

The trio has done some touring since its performance at the 2003 jazz festival. And DeJohnette and Bobby McFerrin will perform together again in the future, including at the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival in September. 2004 is the 25th anniversary year for the massive, esteemed Montreal Festival. Follow the links below for more information.

"One Finger Snap" (Hancock/Hancock Music/BMI)
Improvisation #1 (McFerrin and DeJohnette/unpublished)
Improvisation #2 (McFerrin and DeJohnette/unpublished)
Improvisation #3 (McFerrin and DeJohnette/unpublished)
"Eye of the Hurricane" (Hancock/BMI)


  • Jack DeJohnette on the Web
  • Herbie Hancock on the Web
  • Dave Holland on the Web
  • Montreal International Jazz Festival

    Our music was recorded by the Société Radio Canada, and made available by the European Broadcasting Union. The recording engineer is Guy Charbonneau, assisted by Pierre Dulong, with Denis Frenette and Monique Lord. Their producer is Daniel Vachon.

    Our producer is Becca Pulliam, with technical director Duke Markos, my recording engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV-FM, Las Vegas, Mark Schramm, and executive producer Thurston Briscoe III of WBGO-FM in Newark.

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