“Challenging, thorny, dense, dissonant music that avoided certain jazz conventions. … In a word, exhilarating.” —Chicago Tribune
Chicago-born jazz pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master, and one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, Jack DeJohnette revisits the avant-garde scene that is synonymous with his musical roots and plays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). This extraordinary gathering of free jazz giants features three of the greatest artists to emerge from the AACM: pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams and reedists/composers Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell. The quintet is completed by prolific Chicago bassist Larry Gray. Expect an evening of uncompromised creativity and unmatched virtuosity with no rules left unbroken.