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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Standards, Vol. 2 (1983/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Standards, Vol. 2 (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:45:14 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: The Power Station, NYC, January, 1983

Standards is a two-volume set of jazz albums released by the Keith Jarrett trio in 1983. Originally released by ECM, they have been multiply re-issued, including by Universal/Polygram. The two volumes present performances of pianist Keith Jarrett with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Vol. 1 reached #14 on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. In 2008 the two albums, along with 1983’s Changes, were collected into a boxed set, Setting Standards: New York Sessions.

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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Standards, Vol. 1 (1983/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Standards, Vol. 1 (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:45:40 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: The Power Station, NYC, January, 1983

Standards is a two-volume set of jazz albums released by the Keith Jarrett trio in 1983. Originally released by ECM, they have been multiply re-issued, including by Universal/Polygram. The two volumes present performances of pianist Keith Jarrett with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Vol. 1 reached #14 on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. In 2008 the two albums, along with 1983’s Changes, were collected into a boxed set, Setting Standards: New York Sessions.

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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Changes (1984/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Changes (1984/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:37:33 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: January 1983 at Power Station, New York City

Changes is a jazz album released by Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock in 1984. This group subsequently became known as the “Standards Trio”. The album features improvised compositions recorded at the same sessions as the two volumes released as Standards. In 2008 the three albums were collected into a boxed set, Setting Standards: New York Sessions.

The trio originally worked together on a 1977 album headline by Peacock, Tales of Another, coming back together in 1983 when producer Manfred Eicher proposed a trio album to Jarrett. The three joined in a studio in Manhattan, New York for a 1½ day session during which they recorded enough material for three albums, the two Standards volumes and Changes without rehearsing or pre-planning the playlist.

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Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette – Somewhere (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Keith Jarrett Trio – Somewhere (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 65:32 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

Now in its 30th year, the Keith Jarrett Trio is widely considered, as the NY Times recently remarked, to have set the gold standard for jazz groups, and this sparkling concert recording from 2009 is issued to mark a milestone anniversary. The Somewhere in which the Standards trio find themselves is Lucerne, Switzerland with a performance both exploratory and in-the-tradition. The Neue Zurcher 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 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 Bernsteins Somewhere and Tonight are bridged by the freely associative Jarrett original Everywhere.

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Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery (1974/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery (1974/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:17 minutes | 1,58 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings

While Sorcery was not Jack DeJohnette’s first appearance on record under his own name, it did mark a major step in his career, from first-call sideman to working bandleader. Both the mix of material (full of freedom, structure, electricity, and humor), the personnel, and DeJohnette’s own multifaceted role as drummer / keyboard player / composer predict the diverse paths his groups would pursue over the next two decades. Featured players include Bennie Maupin and Dave Holland, old partners from live and studio endeavors with Miles Davis; and two guitarists who would rise to prominence in later DeJohnette bands, John Abercrombie (Directions and New Directions) and Mick Goodrick.

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Werner Pirchner, Harry Pepl, Jack DeJohnette – Werner Pirchner, Harry Pepl, Jack DeJohnette (1983/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Werner Pirchner, Harry Pepl, Jack DeJohnette – Werner Pirchner, Harry Pepl, Jack DeJohnette (1983/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:43 minutes | 406 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

Vastly under-recognized malleter and composer Werner Pirchner sharing the same studio with guitarist Harry Pepl and drummer Jack DeJohnette? What could go wrong? Quite a bit, unfortunately. The opening “Africa Godchild” starts intriguingly enough, seeming to creep from the soil like an awakening locust. Pirchner describes with his marimba the feelers of a friend testing the air and finding only the welcoming glow of sunrise, while DeJohnette’s tom-heavy drumming calls forth the swarm. Yet despite these evocative beginnings, Pepl’s Ovation soon becomes distracting, and the chorus effect applied to it makes its chording sound perpetually out of tune. When soloing, however, it sounds fantastic, as the force of the playing cuts through the warble that constricts it. In “Air, Love and Vitamines,” the guitar again feels out of place, despite the lovely improvisatory stretch from Pirchner’s vibraphone. “Good-bye, Baby Post” fares little better, and Pepl’s crackling solo is too little too late. He shows admirable melodic acuity in the closing “Better Times In Sight,” but is once more undermined by the amping, which would have benefited greatly from a cleaner treatment.

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Jack DeJohnette’s Directions – Untitled (1976/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jack DeJohnette’s Directions – Untitled (1976/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:17 minutes | 948 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

With Untitled, Jack DeJohnette’s Directions popped a jazz milestone into ECM’s prolifically expanding oven, and it still smells as fresh as the day it was baked. Building off DeJohnette’s robust intro to the 14-minute “Flying Spirits,” a compelling quintet completed by guitar (John Abercrombie), bass (Mike Richmond), sax (Alex Foster), and keyboard (Warren Bernhardt) makes for an aerial interweaving of complementary signatures. The band kicks up a whirlwind of activity, leaving DeJohnette’s delicate applications to rustle like the last stray leaves blowing down the road, out of sight but ever in mind. “Pansori Visions” is an eccentric duet of hand drums and detuned guitar, slack strings sounding like the amplified offspring of a koto and a human voice. Not coincidentally, the title refers to a traditional Korean art form of often-satirical storytelling, also to the accompaniment of a single drummer. “Fantastic” is just that, its colorful percussive accents giving way to some infectious saxophonic action. In spite of the killer title, “The Vikings Are Coming” unfolds like something straight out of Pat Metheny’s Watercolors session, again striated by fluent reeds. “Struttin” evolves into a rather punchy face-off between saxophone and guitar, refereed superbly by DeJohnette. The only victory to be had is in the brief but bitter groove as it closes in resolute harmony. Bernhardt’s “Morning Star” begins with a duet of piano and acoustic guitar, the latter always one step behind. From these dream-like beginnings come a pronounced rhythm section and more melodic fortitude from alto. Capping off this invigorating set is “Malibu Reggae,” which slinks like a drunken dancer in slow motion, its delightfully kitsch keyboard gnawing at the edges of our curiosity with a familiar burn. A tune that would have sat easily among John Zorn’s Naked City abstractions in their heyday, it’s a whimsical ending to a powerfully direct album, ever blushing with hints of its own enigma.

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Jack DeJohnette’s Directions – New Rags (1977/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jack DeJohnette’s Directions – New Rags (1977/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:55 minutes | 870 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

Directions was a short-lived unit from the evolving mind of drummer Jack DeJohnette, who on this ECM joint proved once again that his deftness at the keyboard is almost on par with his mainstay. New Rags features the same line-up (John Abercrombie on electric guitar and mandolin, Alex Foster on reeds, and Mike Richmond on basses) as 1976’s Untitled, sans Bernhardt. Our frontman meanders into the thick of things with three originals, of which the title track bristles with luscious work from Richmond in a steady interplay with all. The consistent improv comes to a head at the halfway point, where Foster pulls his fingers as if in a vast string game by way of transition. We lapse into a brief, somnambulant carnivalesque before merging back on track as Abercrombie leads the charge, loosing a thematic call to arms that concludes in delight. An energetic groove awaits us in “Minya’s The Mooch,” in which sax and guitar are more than happy to hop onto the rhythmic bandwagon. Energies subside as quickly as they flare, leaving Abercrombie to hang in space like the brightest star on a cloudy night. Meanwhile, the elegant sax trio of “Lydia” is a short but sweet diamond in the rough that is sure to win your heart.

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Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:17:35 minutes | 808 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Records GmbH
Recorded live August 29, 2013 at the Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Chicago at the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

With Made In Chicago, an exhilarating live album, Jack DeJohnette celebrates a reunion with old friends. In 1962, DeJohnette, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill were all classmates at Wilson Junior College on Chicago’s Southside, pooling energies and enthusiasms in jam sessions. Shortly thereafter Jack joined Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, and Roscoe and Henry soon followed him. When Abrams cofounded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1965, DeJohnette, Mitchell and Threadgill were all deeply involved from the outset, presenting concerts and contributing to each other’s work under the AACM umbrella. Jack brought them together again for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millenium Park in August 2013, completing the group with the addition of bassist/cellist Larry Gray. The concert recording – featuring compositions by Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and Jack, plus group improvising – was mixed by Manfred Eicher and Jack DeJohnette at New York’s Avatar Studio. Made In Chicago is issued as the AACM begins its 50th anniversary year.

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Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:25 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ ECM

On In Movement, veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette’s introduces his adventurous, multigenerational new trio. Fifty years ago, as a guest with John Coltrane’s group, DeJohnette played with the fathers of his current trio members, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison. In a programme full of references to jazz history, the forward movement of this ensemble is nonetheless unmistakeable.

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