371

Keith Jarrett: Whisper Not

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
As one of the most inspiring and mercurial piano players of late twentieth-century jazz, Keith Jarrett, somewhat akin to Charles Lloyd in whose group Jarrett first enjoyed vast popularity, goes through phases. Perhaps it's growth. Perhaps it's retreat and regrouping. Perhaps it's the fertility of a boundless imagination.

Of course, the strangest of Jarrett's life events was his widely publicized struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which caused him to withdraw from public life—and also, unfortunately, from performing and recording. Slowly working his way back into a performing capacity on The Melody At Night, With You by stressing the purity of melody contained with the standards, Jarrett has rebounded to extended performances once again, as documented on Whisper Not.

The two-CD package, recorded before a wildly enthusiastic audience at the Palais des Congres in Paris, Whisper Not returns a legendary piano trio to its acknowledged stature with—not surprisingly—energetic interpretations of the tunes that would be very familiar to devotees of the trio from the early 1980's until Jarrett's retreat. Even more fortunate is the fact that The Keith Jarrett Trio has launched a fall tour that brings the musicians to the people.

Interestingly, while some of the more popular masters of jazz piano explored expansions of the instrument's sound in their youth, in their maturity they are investigating the basics of their music—basics that first inspired them to enter jazz careers. Chick Corea interprets Bud Powell. Herbie Hancock studies Gershwin's music and influences. Oscar Peterson delves into his Canadian culture with the orchestral assistance of Michel Legrand. Keith Jarrett continues to be fascinated by the standards.

On Whisper Not , the trio offers a fairly standard treatment of the first chorus to Shearing's "Conception" before entering into successive improvisations. On the other hand, "Groovin' High" begins with an intriguing vamp as Jarrett leads into a contrapuntal approach to the tune. The melody of his right hand plays in opposition to a single-noted plunking to create simultaneous percussion and suggestion of the changes before Peacock and DeJohnette come in.

The audience greets "Round Midnight" with spontaneous, appreciative applause when the melody becomes perceptible, the dark colors remaining even as drums and bass enliven the rhythm. For straight-ahead infectiousness, Jarrett tears into "What Is This Thing Called Love" or "Sandu."

Whisper Not offers not just relief to those concerned about Jarrett's the diminution of musical accessibility and productivity. It also offers another outstanding addition to his discography that sounds as if the trio never skipped a beat in the last three years.


Track Listing:

Bouncin' With Bud; Whisper Not; Groovin' High; Chelsea Bridge; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams; Round Midnight; Sandu; What Is This Thing Called Love; Conception; Prelude To A Kiss; Hallucinations; All My Tomorrows; Poinciana; When I Fall In Love

Personnel:

Keith Jarrett, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums

| Record Label: ECM Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Live At Zaal 100" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Zaal 100
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 21, 2016
Read "Live At the Stone" CD/LP/Track Review Live At the Stone
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "WANDERlust" CD/LP/Track Review WANDERlust
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Mingus, Mingus, Mingus" CD/LP/Track Review Mingus, Mingus, Mingus
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Aritmia" CD/LP/Track Review Aritmia
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: March 23, 2016
Read "All My Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review All My Treasures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!