Whisper Not

Whisper Not

by Keith Jarrett
     
 

No improviser brings feelings to the surface more tellingly than Keith Jarrett, and on The Melody at Night, and You, his acclaimed 1998 solo recital, the master pianist, who has suffered in recent years from chronic fatigue syndrome, palpably conveyed the depths of spiritual angst and desolation that the illnessSee more details below

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No improviser brings feelings to the surface more tellingly than Keith Jarrett, and on The Melody at Night, and You, his acclaimed 1998 solo recital, the master pianist, who has suffered in recent years from chronic fatigue syndrome, palpably conveyed the depths of spiritual angst and desolation that the illness imparts. Whisper Not, recorded in Paris in the spring, finds Jarrett in a considerably lighter mood. Joined by his intensely interactive working trio of 20 years -- bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette -- he dances through 14 canonical tunes, conjuring free-as-the-wind melodies with effortless grace. The animating imperative here is the syntax of bebop, and Jarrett is particularly inspired on such classics of the idiom as "Hallucinations" (Bud Powell), "Groovin' High" (Dizzy Gillespie), and "Conception" (George Shearing). He gets to the essence of Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss," and Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" gives an insoucient nod to stride piano ancestors on "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"; and pays homage to Ahmad Jamal on a highly personalized version of "Poinciana." A stimulating paean to the rejuvenating powers of improvisation by one of the supreme communicators in jazz.

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
For Keith Jarrett, this extremely satisfying concert with the Standards Trio on two CDs is a personal landmark, the first for-the-record sign that he had recovered from the chronic fatigue syndrome that laid him low for three years in the late 1990s. Indeed, by the time this Paris gig took place, he had come all the way back -- his technical facilities intact (a handful of smeared notes aside), his inventiveness bubbling over. Old cohorts Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) are back, too, regenerating their propulsive, swinging, collective E.S.P. at will. Not too much has changed from the pre-illness days, though the focus is very much on classic bebop now -- with Bud Powell getting a good deal of attention with an outstanding "Bouncing With Bud" and a terrific "Hallucinations" that has an atypically funny false ending. Jarrett's bebop runs on "Groovin' High" are astonishing, "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" is appealingly jaunty and carefree, and ballads like "'Round Midnight" and "Prelude to a Kiss" revert to the melodic simplicity that was cultivated during Jarrett's down time. Even though the Standards Trio has been one of the most prolifically recorded groups of its era, only the final encore, "When I Fall in Love," had been recorded before by this group. So even those who think they have enough material by this group will be rightly tempted to invest in this document of Jarrett's resurrection.

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Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0731454381628
catalogNumber:
543816
Rank:
78732

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