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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Up for It

Up for It marks the 20th anniversary of Keith Jarrett’s “Standards Trio,” with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, and the group’s 17th recording on ECM. (The figure is deceiving because many of these 17 albums have been multi-disc sets.) Up for It also signals a return to the Great American Songbook, after two recordings that were completely improvised, Inside Out and Always Let Me Go.

In Jarrett’s hands, completely improvised albums and albums of standards are not deeply dissimilar. True, the recordings of standards provide coordinates for Jarrett’s flights. And the improvised works contain lower lows (the transitional periods while the band explores for the next direction), and higher highs (when Jarrett breaks through and snatches fresh song from free air). But for both, collective invention, fearlessly dependent on the muse and the moment, is the core.

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