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Sound Travels

Sound Travels by Jack DeJohnette
Released: Jun 2012
Label: eOne Music
DeJohnette came to fame behind the kit with Charles Lloyd's quartet, but Sound Travels finds the acclaimed jazz elder playing more piano than drums. The release is bookended by a pair of delicate piano tunes. When he does take to the kit -- joined by two hugely popular young stars in modern jazz, bassist Esperanza Spalding and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire -- the tunes are stylistically broad (Sonny Rollins joins for a calypso tune, "Sonny Light") and include some surprising guests writers (an inspirational dedication to Katrina survivors, "Dirty Ground" is sung by its writer, Bruce Hornsby).
Nate Cavalieri

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