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Jarrett / Haden / Motian – Hamburg '72

posted by Dave on 25.11.14 11:53 in Music Reviews Print  

As an historical document, "Hamburg '72" is absolutely essential stuff. However, as a performance by three incredible musicians, regardless of its place in time, it is outstanding.

I don't know about you, but when ECM announce another Keith Jarrett-related release these days, I don't suddenly leap to attention. It's not that I dislike either ECM (and by extension, Manfred Eicher) – that simply isn't the case at all. AT ALL. It's just that it all seems a touch … overwhelming, and a shade underwhelming too. In the past 2 years, there have been multiple Jarrett releases and re-releases from ECM: "Hymns/Spheres", "No End", "Somewhere", "Last Dance", "Arbour Zena", "Concerts: Bregenz/München". Let's be corny and throw a neologism (portmanteau derivative) at this condition: "Satjarretted".


While "No End" wasn't quite what I would have expected, and I was as caught out as anyone else by its sudden appearance, everything else was business as usual: great stuff. Yet, as I am not an unflinching Jarrett disciple, I was not beside myself with joy at this vast array ...


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