Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Very Merry Cosmic Chicken...

I chased this album on eBay for some time, one of those recordings I remembered that a friend of mine had back in the good old days, I just wanted it. I have always admired Jack DeJohnette, pretty much everything he has done appeals to me. I find his work generally to be creative, wide ranging, and I particularly like the way he has been involved in the fusion of jazz and rock among many other efforts. Although this album, "Cosmic Chicken", is not particularly scarce, it was surprisingly difficult to capture, but once I got it I was not disappointed with the reacquaintance. Of course, having John Abercrombie and Al Foster added to the mix doesn't hurt. I had remembered this one as having some unabashed rock inspired workouts but it really is not so base. As usual, Jack & company make the most of the forum and create some adventurous energy and I think you will enjoy it if you don't already have this in your collection. Another album that seems a shame to be OOP but leave a comment and let me know what you think...unless you're chicken...


Jack DeJohnette - "Cosmic Chicken" - 1975
Prestige P-10094

Cosmic Chicken
One For Devadip and the Professor
Memories (unaccompanied piano solo by JD)

Shades of the Phantom
Sweet and Pungent
Last Chance Stomp (an abridged history of jazz in five movements)

Jack DeJohnette - drums, keyboards
Alex Foster - alto & tenor sax
John Abercrombie - electric guitar
Peter Warren - bass


Solomon said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm sort of in the same boat!! I had the great good fortune to see this particular grouping on a number of occasions. In fact, I was just saying to a friend the other day "I wonder if I'll ever find the Cosmic Chicken album again"!!
Many thanks

Durge & The Oldies said...

I thought the same thing for years until I finally figured out the wonders of e-Bay! I wish I could say I had seen them perform although I have seen them all in different settings as separate artists...not the same quite, of course. Thanks for the comment Slim!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this. I also had this way back when, when chickens still played jazz, and then I moved and moved a second and a third time, and things get lost.
Just reading through the track titles brought back fond memories, so I dlded this straight away.

I shall enjoy this, for sure.


Durge & The Oldies said...

I'm glad this one strikes a chord for ya Joris! I would avoid any further moves, it ain't worth it, but seriously, I remember this album from my college days and it does take me back, happily...cheers!

Anonymous said...

thank you too

Durge & The Oldies said...

You're welcome. Enjoy!