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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Whisper Not (ECM 1724/25314 543 817-2).

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Whisper Not (ECM 1724/25314 543 817-2)

After a long struggle with illness, Keith Jarrett has returned to the concert stage with his "Standards Trio," bassist Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Whisper Not chronicles a July, 1999, concert by the trio that was performed in Paris; the group is scheduled for some U.S. Concerts this fall. Judging from this excellent two-CD release on ECM, concert-goers have a lot to look forward to, as Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette play their way through jazz standards with taste, grace, and concentrated intensity. Although each on these gentlemen is a virtuoso on his chosen instrument, there is never a hint of showing off or playing for mere effect; rather, all three musicians listen to each other and work together to serve and honor the music, thus serving and honoring the audience. A good example of this can be found in their version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High," wherein all three musicians get their time in the solo spotlight, but never seem to leave the trio--or the music--behind. The recorded sound is well-balanced for a concert recording, perhaps a bit subdued dynamically, but certainly enjoyable, and overall this is about 110 minutes of richly rewarding jazz. How wonderful it is to have these fine musicians concertizing once again, and how wonderful it is to have a recording that so richly captures the magic! -- KWN
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Author:Nehring, Karl W.
Publication:Sensible Sound
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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