(born August 9, 1942 in Chicago)
drummer, composer, arranger and multi-keyboardist.
Classical piano graduate. After his collaboration with Charles Lloyd Quartet
in mid-sixties he's been engaged by Miles Davis to replace Tony Williams in
Miles' band. He is one of three drummers playing on Miles'
Stays with Miles for 3 years and then leaves to make his own band.
Since then his musical career is partitioned into work as a sideman
(fitting into any kind of band) and as a leader of his own groups.
First of them is called Compost when Jack is recording for Columbia
and then for Prestige. When Jack moves to ECM and Directions group is
established, the next one is New Directions with Lester Bowie
and at last Special Edition founded in 1979.
Special Edition band lasts to nowadays despite the changes of musicians
and music styles. Also the music changes itself - from acoustic sound in
early days (with David Murray, John Purcell, Chico Freeman and others)
to electric stuff in 80' and nowadays (with Gary Thomas, Greg Osby,
Lonnie Plaxico and others).
In early '70s works as instant drummer for CTI Records. After making recordings for Freddie Hubbard, Joe Farrell, George Benson and other musicians working for CTI moves to ECM Records where he stays for ten years. Jack's engagement with ECM Records from 1974 to 1984 seems to be the most exciting of all. This cooperation is marked with ten solo albums and many sideman recodrings (including widely known Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette trio). His last ECM record called "Album Album" becomes 'Album of the Year' in Annual Down Beat Readers' Poll for 1985). Then he moves to Impulse/MCA. His albums reach the top - "Audio-Visualscapes" ('Album of the Year' in Annual Down Beat Critics' Poll for 1989 year). Comercial success is album with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock "Parallel Realities" (Album of the Year in Japan). For more information on honoured albums see detailed list of below.
Last three but one CDs are available from Blue Note records (last project for Blue Note titled "Extra Special Edition" features guest vocalist Bobby McFerrin.)
The last CD issued by Jack DeJohnette is called "Dancing With Nature Spirits".
Recorded for ECM Records seems to be the comeback after 10 years. For more details check ECM Records Homepages at http://www.ecmrecords.com/.