Jack DeJohnette, Sound Travels (e one)
DeJohnette leads small ensembles in seven of his compositions. He plays both drums and piano on several. His sidepersons include Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Ries, Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke, percussionist Luisito Quintero and vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Bruce Hornsby and Esperanza Spaulding. Spaulding also plays bass. The personnel list may suggest random eclecticism, but within its stylistic diversity the album has unity and a beguiling sense of relaxation. DeJohnette opens and closes with unaccompanied piano performances, reminding us that despite his fame and influence as a drummer, he plays his first instrument with a fine touch and harmonic sensibility.