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El Juicio (The Judgement) [Limited Edition]

Keith Jarrett Audio CD

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1. Gypsy Moth
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El Juicio, made in 1974, was Jarrett's swan-song for Atlantic: after this he recorded for Impulse in the US and ECM in Europe, using different groups for the purpose. This, to all intents and purposes, is the American quartet (Jan Garbarek was the saxophonist in the European quartet) and it shows Jarrett still possessed of the high spirits that drove so much of his early music as a leader. Charlie Haden and Paul Motian remain the bassist and drummer in the band, while Dewey Redman plays both alto and tenor here (his rare alto appearance can be heard on "Gypsy Moth"). Redman was a long-time colleague of Ornette Coleman (there is a tune here called "Piece for Ornette") and brings to the trio some of the tangential improvisational spirit so beloved of the revolutionary Texan. Yet it is true to say that Redman's playing rarely has the drive and sense of form enjoyed by Coleman (and Garbarek, for that matter), thereby encouraging Jarrett's increasing leanings towards letting the form take care of itself in the search for inspiration. There are also long stretches where one yearns for Jarrett to play the piano. Not his best, then, but interesting enough to revisit. --Keith Shadwick

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing music from Jarrett's American quartet! 19 Oct 2002
By Gerardo Alejos - Published on Amazon.com
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..."El Juicio", recorded in July 1971, has a youthful exuberance and liveliness rarely found in Jarrett's subsequent albums ... Jarrett's American quartet is one of the essential post-bop ensembles, composed by strong-minded individuals who gave the band a powerful sound and an intensity rarely found in any jazz era.
Dewey Redman plays some of his best solos up to that day, and he sounds specially charged in the explicit Ornette Coleman's tribute "Piece for Ornette". It is important to acknowledge Ornette's influence on the quartet, which proved that the new conceptions in jazz were finally breaking through, and new sounds emerged to express this radically new, evolving language. Charlie Haden, another one of Ornette's associates, shines throughout the album with a firm pulse, always giving the band a sense of direction. Paul Motian, arguably the most underrated member of Bill Evans' classic trio, shows that he's a true master of jazz, capable of creating strong grooves and giving emotional fuel to the soloists at the same time.
My favorite song of "El Juicio" is the opener "Gypsy moth". Its opening theme is probably one of best themes Jarrett's ever written, it sounds strong and lively, reflecting the pulse of everything that was happening with the world then. The song is introduced by Jarrett's huge chords resonating with Paul Motian's immense two-beat groove, then Jarrett comments on the melody and plays a precise, attacking solo. Then Dewey Redman plays the theme on soprano, and takes a splendid solo full of fire. Listen closely to this song; even its final seconds are a thrill. Afterwards comes "Toll road", built around a riff played in unison by Redman's tenor and Jarrett's soprano. Motian's drums are rhythmically looser in this track, and especially in the title song, where he shows that he's one of the great modern drummers. Listen to his solo in "Pre-Judgment atmosphere" for a taste of his powers. Redman takes an impressive, Ornette-ish solo, but the surprise remains Jarrett's exciting solo, a fine proof of his (heavily underrated) soprano playing. "Pardon my rags" is a solo-piano tribute to Scott Joplin and the early grand masters of jazz piano like Jelly Roll Morton and Willie 'The lion' Smith, ... This last remark makes me want to discuss the heavy influence psychedelics and acid-rock had in late 60's-early 70's jazz, but that's a subject matter of a totally different article. "Pre-Judgement atmosphere" is exactly that: a recreation of the ambience that could be found in the early stage of death, and it sounds as a South-American tribe on strong ayahuasca ..."El Juicio" starts with a memorable theme, and Jarrett's awesome melodies are heightened by Paul Motian's free drumming. Jarrett's incredibly percussive piano solo sets it apart from the rest of the album, and its ecstatic moments remain the peak of the album. Finally, "Piece for Ornette" builds around what seems to be one of the greatest riffs Ornette Coleman never wrote, and features a massive tenor solo from Dewey Redman and fine soprano playing from Jarrett. Also, the interplay between Jarrett's soprano and Dewey Redman's tenor reminds us of the importance Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry's simultaneous playing had in modern jazz.
Overall, this album is a great way to start listening to Jarrett's american quartet, and remains the foundation of much of what we would hear afterwards from Jarrett. If you dig this album and want to get deeper into this indispensable period of Jarrett's work, you should go directly to ECM's "The survivor's suite", generally considered the quartet's finest studio effort, and Impulse's "Fort Yawuh", recorded live at the Village Gate and featuring some of the wildest playing ever from Jarrett and Dewey Redman. Enjoy!
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