Jack DeJohnette, Made In Chicago (ECM)
Listeners accustomed to hearing drummer DeJohnette in the comparatively restrained Keith Jarrett Standards Trio may be taken aback by the audacity and abandon of the group he heads here. This live recording from the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival finds DeJohnette reunited with three of the adventurers he played with in his hometown a half century ago. Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill went on to become central figures in the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the AACM, keystones of the free jazz movement that developed in the 1960s. For the concert and subsequent performances, the younger Chicago bassist Larry Gray joined them. From the raucous “Chant” to the seductive and mysterious “This” to the no-holds-barred closer, “Ten Minutes”, the exhilaration in the music more than offsets the rough edges. DeJohnette’s drumming is astonishing.