Two of the great drummers played on consecutive nights at the 35th annual Montreal Jazz Festival. WFUV DJ Eric Holland filed the following report for NY1.
Jack DeJohnette is as acclaimed and influential as anyone to pound the skins.
DeJohnette is currently enjoying a reunion of his trio with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, whose first gig was twenty years ago at the Brooklyn Museum.
Jack will be back this way in November at NJPAC with Gary Peacock and Keith Jarrett.
How do you follow Jack DeJohnette? With Ginger Baker!
Although best known for his work with Cream, Baker is a highly regarded jazz drummer whose degenerative osteo-arthritis of the spine hasn’t stopped him from playing.
The set showcased tunes from "Why," his first album in sixteen years, that ranges from a Wayne Shorter composition to territory Baker mined with Fela Kuti when he was living in Nigeria in the 70s.
Ginger’s band includes Pee Wee Ellis on sax.
High hats off to the drummers at Jazz Fest in Montreal.