Arranged by master saxophonist and one of the leading members of the world saxophone quartet, Julius Hemphill, this arrangement of a Jack DeJohnette classic begins with a syncopated rhythmic figure in trombones and a cooking rhythmic section. After few measures, trumpets join with dissonant yet powerful clustered voicings moving in parallel fashion and that's when Hemphill's signature sound becomes really apparent. The arrangement follows deJohnette's original form structure.
As reviewed in All About Jazz:
In Ebony, a set of five ascending triplets acting as a melody that opens up into a gentle, Latin rhythm. DeJohnette's instrumental choices are even more astute than usual, as he pushes his front line to quickly alternate instruments, combining flutes, clarinets, saxophones and trumpet in myriad ways to intimate a far larger ensemble"
About the Composer
NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre.