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This odd anthology from Atlantic reissues selections from trio dates recorded during the 1960s by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, along with otherwise unobtainable early recordings by McCoy Tyner. Jarrett is joined by Charlie Haden and Paul Motian on two originals, both of which show the obvious influence of Bill Evans. Chick Corea is accompanied by Steve Swallow (on acoustic bass rather than the electric bass he switched to a short time later) and Joe Chambers. The pianist's "Tones for Joan's Bones" is swinging, but not nearly as driving as his works in the decades to follow, while his reworking of the show tune "This Is New" features Joe Farrell and Woody Shaw; both tracks also show the influence of Bill Evans. The selections with Herbie Hancock actually come from a Ron Carter-led date (with Billy Cobham rounding out the trio), but these numbers are as much features for the leader as for Hancock; they are the least interesting cuts within this compilation. The Tyner tracks were taped at the end of his third studio session with John Coltrane, although he had performed on a number of earlier live dates with the saxophonist (though none of them were recorded for commercial issue). Because there are no liner notes, one is left to guess whose idea it was for Coltrane to sit out, but Tyner does a credible job with the artist's "Lazy Bird" without his leader and puts his own distinctive stamp on Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." These two rare selections prove to be the most compelling reason to pick up this CD.
Performance CreditsKeith Jarrett Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Ron Carter Bass
Joe Chambers Drums
Herbie Hancock Piano,Track Performer
Elvin Jones Drums
Woody Shaw Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Swallow Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano,Leader,Track Performer
Billy Cobham Drums
Armando Anthony Corea Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Joe Farrell Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Haden Bass
Paul Motian Drums
Steve Davis Bass
Technical CreditsRon Carter Composer
Herbie Mann Producer
George Avakian Producer
Dave Green Engineer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Milton Glaser Artwork
Phil Iehle Engineer
Ilhan Mimaroglu Reissue Producer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Abie Sussman Art Direction