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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Tokyo ’96

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Wine images in jazz may be cliched, but the bottom line is: the better the ingredients, and the longer on the wood, the better the product. These three, working together for 15 years (and Jarrett and DeJohnette going back 30), show it all so clearly.

Much of the magic here comes through in the strength of the mutual connections between the musicians, their repertoire, and their audience. By focusing on standards, with their familiar, formal blocks of four and eight measures and balanced harmonic progressions, Jarrett and friends open wide the windows on their inventions, making it easier to hear the way they extend the musical field of view, without significant creative restraint.

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