Given Keith Jarrett’s current disability, this new ECM recording is an unexpected gift to his fans.
The sound of both musicians is indelible: trumpeter Enrico Rava is warm and rounded; pianist Fred Hersch, often icy, is fetching and detailed.
To my ears, these beautifully recorded improvisations — with their unique sequences of tones and subtle interactions — are never less than intriguing.
To this listener, the quartet generates a drama of gradual enlightenment, as if extroversion signified some sort of illumination.
It might seem a stretch to pair drummer Andrew Cyrille’s disc with composer/trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s. But both spent time under the tutelage of the redoubtable Cecil Taylor, and it shows.
New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
Nothing that guitarist Pat Metheny had done previously hinted at this sprawling 1981 masterpiece.
To my ears, the pieces in Entendre are fascinating, if not particularly funky.
It’s easy to single out each of these musicians, but listeners will hear the three as nearly one, which is surely what this trinity intended.
My guess is that Keith Jarrett probably wasn’t satisfied with this performance. I wouldn’t change a note, a gesture, or a shading.