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Jasmine [CD]

Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0038QGXHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For All We Know
2. Where Can I Go Without You
3. No Moon At All
4. One Day I'll Fly Away
5. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
6. Body & Soul
7. Goodbye
8. Don't Ever Leave Me

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Jarrett and Haden are back together again 31 years after the break-up of Keith Jarrett's great 'American quartet'.

On Jasmine, pianist Jarrett and bassist Charlie Haden are reunited for an album of standards, played with deep feeling. The album features such classics as "Body and Soul", "For All We Know", "Where Can I Go Without You" and "Don't Ever Leave Me", as well as a rare Jarrett cover of a contemporary pop song--"One Day I'll Fly Away" (which Keith first heard Nicole Kidman sing in the film 'Moulin Rouge'). Certain to be a big hit with jazz fans, Jasmine's release coincides with Jarrett's 65th birthday.

Intimate, spontaneous and warm, the album was recorded at Jarrett's home and has affinities, in its unaffected directness, with Keith's The Melody At Night With You. As Keith Jarrett says in his liner notes: "This is spontaneous music made on the spot without any preparation...These are great love songs played by players who are trying, mostly, to keep the message intact."

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden go back a long way. Jarrett formed his first trio in 1966, while still a member of Charles Lloyd's group, and Haden was his first choice as bassist. In trio with Paul Motian they played together until 1971, when Dewey Redman was added on saxophones to complete the group now referred to as Jarrett's 'American quartet'. This ensemble recorded the classic albums The Survivors Suite and Eyes of the Heart. After the quartet finished in 1976, the musicians went on to many other remarkable projects, but they did not play together again until 2007, when Keith invited Charlie to stay at his house. They recorded for four days that March - playing mostly standards from the Great American Songbook.

Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano), Charlie Haden (double-bass)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett Jasmine 11 May 2010
By A. Zona
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Jarrett might be more famous for his completely improvised piano concerts, but the Jarrett I prefer is the jazz pianist interpreting and improvising on standards, with his renowned trio (among my favourite releases Still Live, Live at the Blue Note, Whisper Not) as well as alone (The Melody at Night with You). Now I can add to my list of Jarrett favourites the beautiful Jasmine, an intimate, lyrical and gripping duo with the bass player in his 1967 to 1976 trio and quartet recordings, great Charlie Haden. Eight tracks, all well known standards plus a pop song, total time nearly 63 minutes, music made by the empathic interactions between the dreamy and graceful piano on one side and the solid and melodic bass on the other side. Unrestrained improvisations founded on reassuring harmonies and made by notes and silences. Not instant trills or virtuoso gimmicks, just subtly refined and stylish jazz. Recorded sound is gorgeous, as usual from the ECM label. If that matters, the Jarrett trademark sing-while-improvising is quite limited and not a real concern here.

Jasmine will probably have its place between the remarkable "1999 The Melody at Night with You" by Jarrett and the excellent "1997 Beyond the Missouri Sky" by Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden. Recommended if you prefer the more conventional and heartening jazz side of Keith Jarrett.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jasmine 10 Jun 2010
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Keith Jarrett is a pianist who creates opposing feelings with me. I dislike much of his original work,but love his sensitive treatment of standards. The combination of Jarrett and the bassist Charlie Haden is an atmospheric mix and produces what I look for in jazz - good improvisation with a structured outline.
"For all we know" sets a melodic standard which the rest of the tracks follow. The two players fit in with each other and my only criticism is the rather out of place vocal asides.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Subdued and thoughtful. 15 July 2010
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This is beautiful music.

Haden has his detractors, but I'm a sucker for his deep woody tone and the spacious rhythms he creates. Keith Jarret - whisper it! - I can take or leave, as I've often found him a bit overcooked for my tastes. But he plays with a great sense of space here and a quiet dignity too. There is a lot of quiet invention by both players throughout this album.

A few quibbles though, I agree with other reviewers that the sound is a bit thin - Haden sounds quite recessed. And the usual caveat of Jarret's 'vocalisations' applies here - for me, annoying but do-able on this recording, unlike some of his solo performances :).

All in all, a good album, but not up to the standard of other Haden piano duos in my opinion - try his duos with John Taylor and Chris Anderson, both on the Naim label, and both these albums have much better sound too...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect late night listening 1 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
In the liner notes to 'Jasmine', Jarrett talks about beauty. And that is this album in a nutshell; beauty is the inspiration!

This album does not go down the route of 'smooth'/easy-listening jazz; the listener will not suddenly feel like they are waiting in a hotel lobby, or that their call is in a queue, waiting for the customer services department to answer. I feel that the music of 'Jasmine' is worth far more. Yes, I can understand why some listeners might be disappointed by the album's conservatism but in that case, they would do better to listen to another Jarrett/Haden collaboration.

'Jasmine' is an experience and conjours great feelings for me. I bought this CD after attending the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival (UK); my father and I were coming down off the high created by the John Scofield Quartet, when I saw 'Jasmine'. Once home, I put it on the CD player and it was the perfect conclusion to an emotional weekend, full of beautiful music; Nikki Yeoh Trio with John Surman, Dave Holland with Pepe Habichuela, Carla Bley's Lost Chords and of course the Scofield group.

As a footnote; in the 1970s, the so-called 'American Quartet' (Jarrett and Haden, plus Dewey Redman and Paul Motian) produced a number of albums, eight of them with Impulse! Records. They have all since been remastered onto CD but six of them are currently only available in Japan! I trust that Verve Music Group/Universal will rectify the situation soon! 'Treasure Island' was reissued in 2009 and a 1999 edition of 'Fort Yawuh' is readily available.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully played standards but... 10 May 2010
By degrant
Format:Audio CD
...but, but, but. Between them Haden and Jarrett have appeared on some of the most groundbreaking jazz releases of all time. Try Coleman's debut "The Sound of Jazz to Come" and Jarrett's "the Koln Concert" for mere starters. "Jasmine" has already become an historical footnote for being the first union between the two great men in 33 years. However, I am afraid that the current ECM newsletter which begins "If you buy only one album this year" is rather overplaying the significance of this collection of standards. Call me slightly cynical but if Eicher thought he had something wondrous on his hands he would not have waited three years to release this music.

Lest there be any doubt, the playing is first rate. I can live without the jaunty "No Moon At All" with its walking bassline but "For all we know" is a wonderful opener, suggestive, undemonstrative and at once immediately welcoming and reassuring. The closing "Don't Ever Leave Me" is an affecting and affectionate conclusion and the highlight for me is "One Day I'll Fly Away" which is truly beautiful, full of simple but profound love and affection proving that restraint is not a foreign concept to Jarrett. However, for all this beauty, I cannot help but feel that these two great musicians are playing ever so slightly within themselves. Jarrett speaks in the liner notes "These are great love songs played by players who are trying, mostly, to keep the message intact." In the notes to "the Vienna Concert" he aimed (and achieved) rather higher: "I have courted the fire for a very long time, and many sparks have flown in the past, but the music on this recording speaks, finally, the language of the flame itself." In short, listen, enjoy and yearn for more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD
The CD arrived in two days not next day as requested! The CD is very good though so worth the wait but not good from Amazon.
Published 10 months ago by Stewart Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just okay background music to me
I'm sorry, I don't get it. I'm probably not sufficiently wrapped-up in jazz to appreciate this properly - it's far too nurdley for my liking as the musicians trip off into... Read more
Published 16 months ago by PHanson
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE
When will I learn my lesson? Keith Jarrett is very overrated. I will never buy any more of his CDs.
He rambles on, doesn't swing, just plods along. Plonk plonk plonk. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sam Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Grows on You
At first hearing I thought that this was just a pleasant enough CD to listen to.
I am a great fan of both Haden and his Quartet Wests group and naturally, of Jarrett in his... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by A. Korsner
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb CD of Superb Duo
I've been waiting a long time to hear another great CD that Charlie Haden recorded together with someone else. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicianship of the highest order
I was already a fan of Keith Jarrett. As a pianist myself, I actually attempt to play some transcriptions of his work. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by I. D. Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Going Through The Motions
This album is Keith Jarrett's most pedestrian recording in a long while.
His playing here is so self-aware that he doesn't seem to be firing on all of his creative... Read more
Published on 31 May 2010 by pablo
2.0 out of 5 stars plodding, safe
This is an interesting album for the reasons laid out in the other reviews... but ....sorry, but I have to say that the piano sound is thin and dull, the bass is in tune but the... Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by hmmmmmmmmmmm
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