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Matthew Garrison Gets Personal in Trio With Jack DeJohnette

DeJohnette/Garrison/Coltrane: In MovementBass virtuoso Matthew Garrison; drummer, pianist and composer Jack DeJohnette; and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of the legendary sax player/composer John Coltrane, have combined their talents as a trio.

DeJohnette, who also happens to be Matt’s godfather, played with both Matthew and Ravi’s fathers a half-century ago, when he guested with Coltrane’s group. Matt’s father, Jimmy, was Coltrane’s bassist for a chunk of the 1960s.

And now, the DeJohnette/Garrison/Coltrane trio, which offers a unique, multigenerational, personal perspective on jazz, has released an album, In Movement.

The record is full of personal connections. It opens with John Coltrane’s “Alabama,” includes a tribute to Jimmy Garrison and Jimi Hendrix, called “Two Jimmys,” and a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Serpentine Fire” in tribute to the late Maurice White, with whom DeJohnette once collaborated.

You can get a feel for the album from this short film, where you can hear DeJohnette’s pride in his godson:

In Movement is available on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

In Movement Track List:

  1. Alabama
  2. In Movement
  3. Two Jimmys
  4. Blue In Green
  5. Serpentine Fire
  6. Lydia
  7. Rashied
  8. Soulful Ballad