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Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: When Will the Blues Leave (ECM)

An album’s credits can speak volumes, not just about who plays on a record but how the weight of creation is divided across artists. On When Will the Blues Leave, captured at a 1999 live concert at the Aula Magna di Trevano in Switzerland, the equal billing of Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian … Read More “Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: When Will the Blues Leave (ECM)”

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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)

Keith Jarrett’s output of extraordinary piano music has slowed in recent years, but ECM has kept the Jarrett titles coming by accessing previously unreleased older material. In 2016 the label issued the four-CD set A Multitude of Angels, solo performances from 1996. Now there is After the Fall, a trio concert from 1998, on two … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)”

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Gary Peacock/Marilyn Crispell: Azure

Pianist Marilyn Crispell and bassist Gary Peacock have performed often as a duo and played together in other settings, including the trio with Paul Motian responsible for the ECM gems Amaryllis and Nothing Ever Was, Anyway. But Azure is their first duo album. While there’s nothing surprising about how gracefully attuned to each other they … Read More “Gary Peacock/Marilyn Crispell: Azure”

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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Somewhere

Of the great piano trios in jazz, only one has stayed together for 30 years (and counting). Most revered trios (Evans/LaFaro/Motian, Peterson/Brown/Ellis) became iconic in retrospect, because they were gone before people fully realized their importance. Pianist Keith Jarrett’s trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette has the opposite problem. It has been … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Somewhere”

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Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron : Enfants Terribles: Live At The Blue Note

Even by the high standards alto great Lee Konitz has set for spontaneously remaking songs we’ve heard a million times, this beautifully recorded live performance is brimming with invention and surprise. Much of that owes to the interplay between Konitz and guitarist Bill Frisell, whose framing or extension of the alto saxophonist’s spare inventions with … Read More “Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron : Enfants Terribles: Live At The Blue Note”

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