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Jack DeJohnette & Don Alias: Talking Drummers: A Journey Of Music, Friendship And Spirit

While their paths have crossed in different contexts over the past 27 years-they played together briefly in 1971 in Miles Davis’ band and Jack later hired Don to play traps in his first band as a leader, Compost-these two stellar rhythmagicians have never gotten it together as profoundly as they do on this extraordinary video. Shot entirely at the intimate Make Believe Ballroom Studio located in the rural quietude of Shokan near DeJohnette’s home in upstate New York, “Talking Drummers” documents the spontaneous interaction between two great listening musicians in the course of recording a duet album together.

“The idea was to put us in a roomful of drums and percussion and let us loose,” explains Alias at the outset. The resulting video, shot by Homespun head Artie Traum, conveys a common sense of rhythm, humor and joie de vivre that these two natural drummers share.

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