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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Inside Out

In the liner notes for this wholly absorbing release, pianist Keith Jarrett makes the point that his now famous standards trio, with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, is less about the standards themselves, and more about where the group can take them. Even at their first session in January 1983, which produced Standards: Volume One and Volume Two, they revealed a parallel universe by recording the Changes album that, all taken together, can now be seen as a manifesto of the group’s intentions. Certainly, as the trio evolved, its ability to move out of the standard song form and back again created a powerful duality between the competing elements of freedom and form, such as on 1994’s At the Blue Note.

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