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Keith Jarrett’s jazz trio releases its first album since disbanding

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THE release of a new Keith Jarrett album is not usually a significant event in the world of jazz. Over a career that has spanned some 50 years, Mr Jarrett has released dozens of albums, either as a sideman (with Miles Davis or Jan Garbarek), his trio (with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums) or as a solo artist. Even the most devoted fans of Mr Jarrett have only a fraction of his works. 

Yet the release this month of “After the Fall”, an album with Messrs Peacock and DeJohnette, is different. It marks the first album since that trio, which played together for over 25 years, split up in 2014. News that Mr Jarrett has cancelled a forthcoming solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, reportedly on account of a long-term illness, has added to the poignancy. 

The album is a recording of a concert from 1998. That places it around halfway along the chronology of the trio—they began playing together in 1983—and they sound quite different in their early period to their late. In the mid-1980s and early 1990s…Continue reading

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