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Perfect late night listening,
This review is from: Jasmine (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.