Always Let Me Go-Live In Tokyo (Live) CD (2002)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Universal Records
SKU 60574342
UPC 044001878626
UPC 14 00044001878626
Format CD
Release Date 10/15/2002
Links
Author Various Artists
Compilation Appearance Selected Signs
Associated Artist/Work Altschul, Barry
Associated Artist/Work Bley, Paul
Associated Artist/Work Carrier, Francois
Associated Artist/Work Copland, Marc
Technical Info
Engineer Yoshihiro Suzuki
Producer Keith Jarrett; Manfred Eicher
CatalogID 0187862
Lable Name ECM
Released 10/15/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 137m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00044001878626
Album Notes and Credits
Full performer name: Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (upright bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded live at Orchard Hall and Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan in April 2001.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recording information: Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan (04/2001); Orchard Hall (04/2001).
Photographer: Fumiaki Fujimoto.
Recorded live in Tokyo in April 2001, Always Let Me Go is Keith Jarrett's 149th concert in Japan. Joined by his long-standing partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, these performances are playful, explosive, somber, and completely improvised. After 20 years of working together, they trust each other (and the audience) enough to deliver over two hours of unscripted music. DeJohnette prowls through his drums like a restless cougar: he chatters, scuffles, and pounces on the skins with agility. Likewise, Peacock spoons out a concrete foundation of bass; one that bubbles as it spreads through the cracks in Jarrett's 88 keys (which serve the pianist so very well). For listeners familiar with the trio's Inside Out CD, here is the same idea further elaborated on.
"Hearts in Space" spirals out of the starting gate with geometrical tremors, as three virtuosos all start their respective engines and read each other's pulses over the course of 32 minutes. The trio effortlessly glide from mood to mood in synchronization to deliver a ballad in the eye of a hurricane, then dismount into straight-ahead swing. "The River" is a stoic hymn, a richness of melancholy in deep scarlet blue. It is Jarrett's only solo here, as brief as it is rewarding. "Paradox" rides the crest of bebop in a simmering stew to close out the first disc with a punch that stops on a dime. There are enough recurring themes here to call it a standard of sorts, and the musicians quickly assume the proper formation as they've done thousands of times before. Disc two opens with "Waves," another half-hour marathon of moods that evolves seamlessly between chromatic stillness, manic fluttering, and gunpowder bop. DeJohnette clearly sets the tone for "Facing East" -- a syncopated clockwork of beat, as Jarrett pinwheels in like-minded percussives with Peacock flipping through volumes of frets. Next comes the aptly titled "Tsunami," which swells and bursts with power before finally subsiding to fractured stillness. It is the fire in the musicians' bellies -- perhaps the darkest and most ferocious passage of the album. As is often the case, Jarrett's distant vocals pinch the air from time to time. Although purists may wince at this additional layer of seasoning, there's no denying his expression comes out of the deepest level of commitment. It is this same commitment that fuels so much of the album.
With the knowledge that Always Let Me Go is live and improvised, it adds a rewarding layer of understanding and appreciation, as few musicians can deliver such diamonds with so little structure in place. Song for song, the symbiosis is a marvel to behold -- and the audience knows it. These are gods at play, and the lightning bolts they toss around are awe-inspiring. ~ Glenn Swan
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/18/02, p.115) - "...A tapestry of sound that rewards a vigilant listener with passages of lyrical beauty and dramatic group interplay..." - Rating: A-
The Wire (1/03, p.79) - "...The musicianship is predictably impeccable; mood and dynamics change and there are some unexpected stylistic twists..."
Disc 1
1 Hearts In Space,Waves
2 River, The,Facing East
3 Tributaries,Tsunami
4 Paradox,Relay
Disc 2
1 Hearts In Space,Waves
2 River, The,Facing East
3 Tributaries,Tsunami
4 Paradox,Relay
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