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A little bit of cheese
on 14 December 2010
I was going to purchase the new vinyl version, having already procured the CD in the 1990s. At that stage I rather liked this disc. I have always considered this quartet's release, Personal Mountains, to be a favourite record of mine and I regard Jarrett very highly indeed. His trio is certainly one of the greatest and I am working my way through all their recordings. I listened to the CD again today, to decide whether to buy the record. I decided that I'll not be needing the vinyl since my feelings about this album have dwindled. Certainly the musicality is very high and the music is well performed and well-written. However, this is a rather cheesy album and it has an almost childish nature. I now realise why my friend used to laugh at it. The other problem is that I have begun to find Garbarek's style a bit ingratiating.
If you are going to try this quartet I'd recommend Belonging, but would laud Personal Mountains as their masterpiece. The first side of that album is one of the best moments in ECM's catalogue.