It’s one week after the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival, whose Invitation Series feted Jack DeJohnette and Lee Konitz. But rather than relaxing and basking in the glory of that honor, DeJohnette is in his Woodstock, N.Y., home wrestling with a recalcitrant water pump. Such is the busy life of this powerful drummer.
Montreal’s celebrated Invitation Series allows bandleaders to spend successive evenings performing in a different configuration of their choosing at the 800-seat Monument National building. For his Invitation Series, DeJohnette played in a trio with Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland (with whom the drummer will tour in 2004), a sextet with Don Byron, Edsel Gomez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Luisito Quintero and Jerome Harris, one duo with Bobby McFerrin and another with Gambian kora master Foday Musa Suso, a regular with Philip Glass’ ensemble. (Thrilled with the results, the two later hooked up at DeJohnette’s home studio and laid down tracks for future release.)