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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Jasmine

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For 30-odd years, piano Prometheus Keith Jarrett has done his musical bidding and exploring in self-limited settings, most often either in his “Standards” trio with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock, or-with greater regularity of late-solo. That alone makes Jarrett’s rare and beauteous new duet recording with bassist Charlie Haden a departure while simultaneously a rapprochement with the past.

Haden, of course, was the bedrock in Jarrett’s famed “American” quartet in the 1970s, and the easy access to empathy between this long-separated pair is almost alarming: It’s as if they never left, and, moreover, have gained some kind of new conversational depth in the absence. Consider it a companion piece to Jarrett’s At the Deer Head Inn from 1994, when the pianist shared a rare release with his old drummer, Paul Motian.

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