Picks and Pans Review: Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note: the Complete Recordings

UPDATED 02/19/1996 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/19/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

Keith Jarrett

Pianist Keith Jarrett, 50, is one of the rare musicians on the current jazz scene willing to risk laying his soul bare in live performance. In his celebrated solo concerts, he lives or dies by the vagaries of his fertile, but sometimes fickle, muse. On this six-CD boxed set, Jarrett, joined by his longtime trio-mates—bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack Dejohnette—offers up every note, as well as every cry and moan, from a three-night stand at New York's Blue Note club in the summer of 1994. The program includes a wide range of jazz standards—from the Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn composition "Time After Time" to Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time"—but the familiar repertory is less important than the sustained level of joyful spontaneity. The musicians' ecstasy can wash your blues away. (ECM)

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