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Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

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Piano star Jarrett hasn’t recorded with bassist Charlie Haden in 30 years – so this duo album of classic standards and ballads, recorded by the pair at the pianist’s home studio in 2007 after Jarrett had contributed to a documentary on Haden, has a special resonance. It also has distinctly low-lights feel (Jarrett rarely accelerates beyond a wistful ripple, as Haden gravely marks out the defining notes of the slow-changing chords), but its inner energies glow on closer listening. On For All We Know (opening the set at a pulsing murmur that turns bluesy) and Where Can I Go Without You, Jarrett has rarely conjured fresh motifs on a standard with more nonchalance. No Moon At All playfully unfolds as a quiet jostle of notes, and speeds up into elegantly contrapuntal, initially baroque and then jazzily tumbling melodies over Haden’s plummy walking line. Body and Soul is a radical rebuild from the first theme-statement, and the poignant Goodbye and Don’t Ever Leave Me are telling examples of Jarrett’s clear intention to explore the improv possibilities in these classic themes without disturbing their meditative stillness. Even his famous self-accompanying humming is rigorously kept in check.

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  • Cat_007

    cinematic tunes... Rest in peace, Mr Haden!

    13 Jul 8:46am Reply
  • j33433

    overshadowed, not at all

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • affasf

    Jasmine is perfect.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    ...but you can still hear heartbeats from Charlie and blood dripping from Keith....

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • booklifter

    today its easy for them.. the good old hands just play. but back in the days, somewhere before, it was maybe even easier - then their harts just played

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ebovaguira

    keith overshadows charlie big time

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Sakul01

    Eines der besten Kombinationen aus Bass und Piano......

    11 Sep 2010 Reply

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