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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette: “After The Fall” Review

 

In 2014, the iconic jazz trio of pianist Keith Jarrett, double bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette announced that their association was coming to an end nearly forty years after they first worked together on Peacock’s 1977 album Tales Of Another, and more than thirty years since their official debut as a threesome on 1983’s Standards, Vol. 1.

This was especially disheartening given that their last album, 2013’s Somewhere, was one of their finest collections in a career that spawned nearly two dozen great albums.

But it seems the mourning may have been a little premature, as the trio are back — virtually, that is — with a cool new live archival double album, After The Fall (CD, digital).

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Keith Jarrett And Charlie Haden Last Dance Review

 

It’s interesting: put a mellow song on an album of otherwise upbeat tunes, and it’s a nice change of pace; but put an upbeat song on an album of otherwise mellow tunes, and it’s a mood killer that potentially ruins the album. It’s this latter condition that slightly impedes Last Dance (CD, vinyl, digital), a collection of mostly moody jazz duets album from pianist Keith Jarrett and bassist Charlie Haden.

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Keith Jarrett’s No End Review

To those with unadventurous ears, Keith Jarrett’s No End (CD, digital) might seem like apt title for this new (though not newly-recorded) album. Driven by Santana-esque guitars and rhythms, and employing rather loose structures, the tracks on this instrumental collection harkens back to the work Jarrett did with Miles Davis on such epic jazz-rock fusion albums as 1971’s A Tribute To Jack Johnson, 1970’s Miles Davis At Fillmore: Live At The Fillmore East, and 1971’s Live-Evil. But for those of us who appreciate loosely-structured, atmospheric instrumental soundscapes, calling this No End couldn’t be a less appropriate.