Appearing four years after it was recorded in concert this album marks three decades since pianist Keith Jarrett formed this trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. When I interviewed Jarrett two years ago he observed that problems with Peacock’s hearing clouded the band’s future, so you never know when this often miraculous trio may come to an end.
They certainly haven’t run out of creative puff. Listen to the fun and risk-taking in the interaction on Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, as the buoyant swing is studded with funky rhythmic knots.
The centrepiece is the 20-minute title track. This evolves into sort of extended, exploratory and riveting improvised journey that is what this band does best – and probably better than any piano trio in jazz history. It also contains a Peacock solo of great tenderness and melodic rapture, adding to his many enthralling bass features across the band’s lifetime. Curiously, however, his instrument has been mixed slightly lower than usual in the ensembles.
On Miles Davis’s fluid but well-worn composition Solar Jarrett steers his colleagues into a fresh perspective by prefacing it with a piano improvisation. When Peacock and DeJohnette join the three of them instantly bring thrilling levels of invention to bear, with Jarrett playing near the height of his remarkable powers.