Magazine article The New Yorker

Jasmine on Their Mind

Magazine article The New Yorker

Jasmine on Their Mind

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When it comes to his jazz projects, Keith Jarrett is a creature of habit. For the past twenty-seven years, the pianist has mostly performed and recorded either as a soloist or in a trio with the bassist Gary Peacock and the drummer Jack DeJohnette. There have been exceptions: the drummer Paul Motian appeared on "At the Deer Head Inn," from 1992, one of Jarrett's most rewarding albums. Now Jarrett has teamed up with the bassist Charlie Haden for an informal home-studio duet recording, and the exceptional result, "Jasmine" (ECM), is set to be released on May 25. Haden is a longtime friend whose association with Jarrett goes back to the pianist's first trio, in the late sixties, as well as to his celebrated American Quartet, of the seventies. Despite the extended hiatus between collaborations, he has retained the intuitive musical connection that he long ago developed with the mercurial keyboardist.

Unlike the agile Peacock, Haden is a meditative player, and this reflective quality has a calming effect on Jarrett. …

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