Monday, June 3, 2013

Keith Jarrett Somewhere ECM 2013

The Keith Jarrett Trio has the uncanny ability to embrace a beautiful melody while utilizing sophisticated jazz harmonies to transform timeless classics into the perfect marriage of simplicity and complexity simultaneously.

Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio has been raising the bar for reinventing the Great American Songbook for 30 years. Somewhere may well be their finest outing thus far. Recorded in 2009, Jarrett is joined by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette and just when you thought Jarrett had approached standards from every conceivable harmonic base, the deceptively subtle swing and ethereal groove transforms classic compositions such as "Stars Fell On Alabama" and the Miles Davis tune "Solar" into a sonic exploratory all while averting the occasional self indulgent path Jarrett seems fond to travel on occasion. Perhaps the highlight of Somewhere could be considered where the title track morphs into the Jarrett original "Everywhere" which were it not for a more than adequate working knowledge of the Jarrett discography could easily pass as a composition patiently waiting in the on deck circle for addition to the timeless Great American Songbook repertoire. 

In the liner notes to Jasmine (with Charlie Haden), Jarrett discusses his search for lasting beauty. Somewhere may well be the perfect example of the melodic beauty Jarrett has long since found but here the tightrope between standard improvisation and free form presentation is perhaps as evocative in nature as the cover art pictured above. To attempt to pass critical review on the work of Keith Jarrett is the ultimate exercise in futility. The constant within any Jarrett release can simply be summed up as varying shades of brilliance.

Tracks: Deep Space; Solar; Stars Fell On Alabama; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea; Somewhere; Everywhere; Tonight; I Thought About You.

Personnel: Keith Jarrett: piano; Gary Peacock: double bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums.