Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Everyone gets space to shine, and when Warren takes the spotlight, the outcome is an abiding example of bass. The poetical "Pastel Rhapsody" is well named. Twinned flutes are initially heard, then DeJohnette crafts a deeply-felt solo piano. DeJohnette then employs dubbed drums as horns and bass come in. Tin Can Alley was taped at Germany's spacious Tonstudio Bauer, and the remastered sound really brings out the room's efficacious sound and tone, with sterling details from the acoustic piano, drum cymbals, flute and acoustic bass.
Liner Note Author: Bradley Bambarger.
Recording information: Generation Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/1979); Power Station, NY (03/1979); Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg (03/1979); Generation Sound Studios, New York, NY (09/1980); Power Station, NY (09/1980); Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg (09/1980); Generation Sound Studios, New York, NY (09/1982/06/1984); Power Station, NY (09/1982/06/1984); Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg (09/1982/06/1984).
Photographers: Roberto Masotti; Ralph Quinke; Andreas Raggenbass; Isio Saba; Deborah Feingold; Ssirus Pakzad; Karen Schoonmaker.
The 2013 ECM box set Special Edition brings together all of drummer Jack DeJohnette's albums recorded with his various Special Edition ensembles. Included are 1979's Special Edition, 1980's Tin Can Alley, 1982's Inflation Blues, and 1984's Album Album. These were all adventurous, stylistically varied releases that found DeJohnette delving into an array of both straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz styles with a focus on layered, harmonically challenging post-bop. ~ Matt Collar