Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Inside Out
Jarrett is certainly no stranger to free playing, having established himself as a master of the improvised solo concert over the last three decades. Much of the music here — alternately meditative, tumultuous, grooving, bluesy, folky, melancholy — sounds rather like a Jarrett solo concert with bass and drum accompaniment. But this accompaniment is not incidental, of course. The ebbs and flows happen collaboratively, in dialogue. "From the Body" begins with harmonically sparse interplay, becomes a dark ballad with Eastern European overtones after about 16 minutes, and finally comes to a calm end. The title track opens with diffuse, syncopated swing that grows in intensity, then winds down to a folk-like cadence, which in turn builds to a hard-hitting gospel groove in six. Peacock’s sonorous instrument kicks off "341 Free Fade"; DeJohnette’s hi-hat enters, establishing a sense of rhythmic foreboding while Jarrett vamps with urgent lines and chords. The piece descends (or ascends, perhaps) into total freedom. DeJohnette plays every last piece of hardware on the kit before the track fades out. Conversely, "Riot" fades in, already in progress, sounding something like the sea in bad weather.
Track Listing: 1. From the Body 2. Inside Out 3. 341 Free Fade 4. Riot 5. When I Fall In Love
Personnel: Keith Jarrett, piano; Gary Peacock, double bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Modern Jazz