Keith Jarrett Trio - Somewhere (3 stars)

Expansive sense of harmony, gift for melody and rhythmic phrasing make for beautiful live recording

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Keith Jarrett Trio - Somewhere

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Whisper it, but I'm not entirely convinced by the claims of Keith Jarrett's genius. Before the jazz police start looking through my folders, I should add that he is undoubtedly brilliant – it's just that, to these ears, his brilliance as a pianist and improviser doesn't match that of a genuine original like Cecil Taylor or McCoy Tyner. Putting my avant-garde prejudices aside, however, I find much to enjoy about this 2009 live recording of Jarrett's long-standing trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Jarrett's gift for melody is undeniable, and his expansive sense of harmony, combined with inquisitive, rhythmic phrasing ensures that standards like Bernstein's 'Somewhere' and 'Stars Fell On Alabama' sound genuinely beautiful, rather than merely pretty. The impressionistic dissonance of 'Deep Space' is the undoubted highlight, with Jarrett's Satie-esque abstractions gradually morphing into a classy, Latin-tinged reconstruction of Miles Davis's 'Solar'.

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