Treasure Island

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Treasure Island, released in early 1974, was the second of two albums pianist and composer Keith Jarrett recorded for Impulse Records -- the first was Fort Yawuh, issued a year earlier. Cut at Generation Sound Studios in New York City, the band consisted of Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. And though he would more than likely disagree, this was the best band he ever led. In addition to the quartet, guitarist Sam Brown contributes to a pair of cuts here as Guilherme Franco and Danny Johnson add percussion to the mix. The set kicks off with the beautiful "The Rich (And the Poor)," a folkish melody of...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Treasure Island, released in early 1974, was the second of two albums pianist and composer Keith Jarrett recorded for Impulse Records -- the first was Fort Yawuh, issued a year earlier. Cut at Generation Sound Studios in New York City, the band consisted of Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. And though he would more than likely disagree, this was the best band he ever led. In addition to the quartet, guitarist Sam Brown contributes to a pair of cuts here as Guilherme Franco and Danny Johnson add percussion to the mix. The set kicks off with the beautiful "The Rich (And the Poor)," a folkish melody of the type Jarrett was exploring on ECM at the time, with some stellar African undertones -- it's easy to hear the majesty of Abdullah Ibrahim's South African musical sphere in this mix, and earthy deep, sparer work by Redman and Haden. The brief "Blue Streak," by contrast, is full-on and busy with melody and interplay between Redman and Motian. More speculative group improvisation occurs on "Fullsuvollivus," which travels decidedly outside, and the title cut with Sam Jones on electric guitar in place of Redman is a lithe, elegant, midtempo ballad that showcases Jarrett's truly magnificent melodic work in front of this enlarged rhythm section. The hardest groover on this set is their killer "Le Mistral," with some gorgeous interplay between Haden and Motian, and some extended solo work by Redman. "Angles (Without Edges)" is a dense construction that involves some taut counterpoint between Redman and Jarrett, even as the rhythm section tries to push them both inside toward one another -- Redman slips out of the frame a few times to excellent effect. Haden's solo is also particularly noteworthy. Brown returns on the closer "Sister Fortune," a track with almost rockist overtones. Jarrett had perhaps heard some records in his day, particularly from the Atlantic catalog, and he put that spin on this melody, which incorporates groove, repetitive and circular rhythm, and a songlike melodic structure with minimal improvisation -- though his own fills are quite stunning and deep in the pulse pocket. This is a terrific sendoff to a very fertile, creative period and begs the question as to what else may have happened had this band been able to explore their unique, fully communal sound together for more than a pair of albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602517967182
  • Catalog Number: 001256102
  • Sales rank: 65,931

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Jarrett Primary Artist, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Osidrum
Dewey Redman Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine
Sam T. Brown Guitar
Sam Brown Guitar
Guilherme Franco Percussion
Charlie Haden Bass
Paul Motian Percussion, Drums
Dan Johnson Percussion
Danny Johnson Percussion
Technical Credits
Keith Jarrett Composer
Tony May Engineer
Ed Michel Producer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Takao Ogawa Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Traditional Composer
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