KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE, SOMEWHERE


There are not many more superlatives to heap upon the legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, now celebrating its 30th year, except to say that the group represents the pinnacle of modern jazz trios. Sure, Jarrett’s attention to detail and demand for perfection makes the occasional audience wince when they’re reprimanded for their concert-going behavior, but when everything clicks as it does on Somewhere, the result is magical and all is forgiven. Recorded in July 2009 at the KKL Luzern Concert Hall in Switzerland, Somewhere captures the pianist, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette at the height of their talents. The live gig weaves rapturous passages (the improvisation entitled “Deep Space” shape shifts into an electrifying version of Miles Davis’ “Solar”) with straight-ahead swing (“Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”) Indeed, the title track, coupled with Leonard Bernstein’s “Tonight,” gives the concert its center with a tender reading that bypasses sentimentality and manages to open a deeper emotional vein. Not since the exuberant 6-disc collection, Keith Jarrett At the Blue Note/The Complete Recordings (1994, ECM) has there been a collection of affecting and relatable performances from the KJ trio. Though some may quibble over which gigs and recordings best exemplify the Trio, Somewhere is a recording that gets back to basics, just challenging enough to keep hardcore Jarrett fans happy yet honest enough to wear its heart on its sleeve. (6 tracks; 65 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE, SOMEWHERE

Sunday, June 2, 2013

KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DEJOHNETTE, SOMEWHERE


There are not many more superlatives to heap upon the legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, now celebrating its 30th year, except to say that the group represents the pinnacle of modern jazz trios. Sure, Jarrett’s attention to detail and demand for perfection makes the occasional audience wince when they’re reprimanded for their concert-going behavior, but when everything clicks as it does on Somewhere, the result is magical and all is forgiven. Recorded in July 2009 at the KKL Luzern Concert Hall in Switzerland, Somewhere captures the pianist, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette at the height of their talents. The live gig weaves rapturous passages (the improvisation entitled “Deep Space” shape shifts into an electrifying version of Miles Davis’ “Solar”) with straight-ahead swing (“Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”) Indeed, the title track, coupled with Leonard Bernstein’s “Tonight,” gives the concert its center with a tender reading that bypasses sentimentality and manages to open a deeper emotional vein. Not since the exuberant 6-disc collection, Keith Jarrett At the Blue Note/The Complete Recordings (1994, ECM) has there been a collection of affecting and relatable performances from the KJ trio. Though some may quibble over which gigs and recordings best exemplify the Trio, Somewhere is a recording that gets back to basics, just challenging enough to keep hardcore Jarrett fans happy yet honest enough to wear its heart on its sleeve. (6 tracks; 65 minutes)

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