Down Beat (May 2002, p.55) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Surman and DeJohnette...play more centered and grounded, touching the earth as their linear and kinetic interplay mirrors variants on folky/jazzy melodic kernals..."
JazzTimes (5/02, pp.136-7) - "...An engaging album that bears up to repeated plays..."
Personnel: John Surman (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, synthesizer); Jack DeJohnette (piano, drums, electronic percussion).
Producers include: Steve Lake, John Surman, Veli-Pekka Heinonen, Ulf Drechsel.
Engineers include: Ralf Siren, Ekkehard Stoffregen, Steve Lowe.
Recorded live at the Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere, Finland and Jazz Fest Berlin, Berlin, Germany in November 2000. Includes liner notes by John Surman.
Personnel: John Surman (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, synthesizer); Jack DeJohnette (piano, drums, electronic percussion).
Liner Note Author: John Surman.
Recording information: JazzFest, Berlin, Germany (11/2000); Tampere Jazz Happening (11/2000).
Photographers: W. Patrick Hinely; Jan Jedlicka.
On their own, John Surman and Jack DeJohnette have both established long, storied careers as painterly musicians with expansive natures and an eye towards creating musical space. Together, in the live duo performances captured on INVISIBLE NATURE, they increase their impact by scaling back their sound. Much of the album is simply Surman improvising on sax or clarinet over DeJohnette's highly textured drumming, making the most of the spaces between the notes. Both Surman and DeJohnette know their way around electronics, though, and they often leave the acoustic world behind to explore more atmospheric modes through the use of gentle, moody synthesizers and electronic percussion that gives DeJohnette a wealth of tones at his fingertips. Whether working up a free-jazz firestorm or creating delicate, evocative moods, Surman and DeJohnette are locked into each other's playing, coming together to form a single, extremely expressive, musical mind.