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May 27, 2013

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The "Somewhere" in which Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette - the 'Standards' trio - find themselves is Lucerne, Switzerland, in the year 2009, with a performance both exploratory and in-the-tradition. This sparkling concert from one of the great groups of jazz is the trio's first album since 'Yesterdays' was released in 2009, and it comes in the 30th year of the "Standards" project.

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung headlined its review of the show "Kontrollierte Ekstase" - controlled ecstasy - an apt metaphor for a set that begins in improvisational "Deep Space" modulates into Miles Davis's "Solar", soars through the standards "Stars Fell On Alabama" and "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" and climaxes with an extended romp through "West Side Story", as Bernstein's "Somewhere" and "Tonight" are bridged by the freely associative Jarrett original "Everywhere".

The closing encore "I Thought About You" makes an arc back to the Miles Davis references at the beginning. Miles played this on 'Someday My Prince Will Come', and it was in the Davis band book for years. Keith, Gary and Jack recorded it previously when paying tribute to Miles on "Bye Bye Blackbird".

"This formation remains one of the best, not just of this, but of all times," wrote Jürg Meier, reviewing the Lucerne concert of Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. "Their engagement with the Great American Songbook, the standards of jazz, is exemplary in the simultaneity of absolute respect for the material and absolute freedom in dealing with it." The songs are honoured for their melodic strengths and credited with sufficient robustness to support fiery improvisation that scales a heaven of invention.

Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano), Gary Peacock (double-bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)

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(5 stars) The undisputed heavyweights of international jazz...every new release is a cause for celebration, and the only competition Jarrett and his fellow geniuses are up against is their own already voluminous back catalogue.

The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), May 31, 2013

(4 stars) Song-forms are dominant here - often developed with almost venomous relish by Jarrett and imaginative regular rejoinders from Peacock, underpinned DeJohnette...improvised piano-trio music of a standard few can touch.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), May 24, 2013

(4 stars) Catches the band on excellent form...the highlights are two ballad performances that have all the Jarrett hallmarks of exquisite touch, delicate melodic arc, and no boundary between the composer's imagination and the pianist's invention.

Jazzwise, (Alyn Shipton), June 2012

(4 stars) It would be hard to find three musicians more dedicated to keeping their music fresh and inventive than these...the interplay is freer and more beguiling than ever.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), June 9, 2013

(4 stars) The world's leading jazz trio...highlights are the segue from "Deep Space" to "Solar" and from "Somewhere" to the hymn-like "Everywhere".

The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), May 25, 2013

(4 stars) After its 65 minutes of brilliance you'll be wondering at how quickly the time went...a wonderful record.

The Irish Examiner, (Kieran Bohane), June 1, 2013

(4 stars) This is the veteran trio showing that, in this golden age repertoire, they are still top of the heap.

The Times, (John Bungey), June 1, 2013

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Key Value
Catalogue number 2766370
Barcode 0602527663708
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 114g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Deep Space / Solar 15:09
2. Stars Fell On Alabama 07:27
3. Between Devil And The Deep Blue Sea 10:02
4. Somewhere / Everywhere 19:37
5. Tonight 06:49
6. I Thought About You 06:29