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Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette & Gary Peacock: Standard Bearers

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock
Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock (photo: Rose Anne Jarrett)
Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock
Keith Jarrett

“There’s width and depth in a player’s ability,” says bassist Gary Peacock, reflecting on 25 years spent exploring standards with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette. “Width involves technique, sense of time, all the objective aspects of a person’s playing. Plenty of musicians have width.

“Then there’s depth,” he continues. “Depth is a very big variable. One of the first things I heard when we started playing together was the depth. Every single note, the whole being went into it. There were three individuals, but there was one mind expressing itself. We knew that there was something very special there.”

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David R. Adler

David R. Adler writes about jazz and assorted topics. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, NPR Music,, The Philadelphia InquirerThe Village Voice, DownBeat, Time Out New York, and many other publications. From 2010-2017 he taught jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College-CUNY). In summer 2017, after 30 years in New York (apart from two in Philadelphia), David relocated with his family to Athens, Georgia. There he continues to write about music and perform solo as a guitarist/vocalist.