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Yesterdays is the third title ECM has released by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette (dubbed "the standards trio"). The first two -- The Out-of-Towners released in 2004 and My Foolish Heart issued in 2007 -- were actually recorded later than this live date recorded in Tokyo in April of 2001. This also marks a first in the pianist's career: the George Gershwin tune "You Took Advantage of Me" appeared on My Foolish Heart in a very different arrangement, making this the first time Jarrett has ever employed a single track on two consecutive albums. On My Foolish Heart Jarrett used a full-on ragtime intro to the tune. Here, he employs a denser harmonic construction based on its changes and melodic frame. When the band enters, the pop and swing in the tune become pronounced, standing in the same universe as ragtime (which is more than likely the reason Jarrett employed it before) but also much more sophisticated and harmonically complex. Other standouts on this fine set include the bop burners "Scrapple from the Apple" and "Shaw'nuff," the glorious ballads "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "You've Changed," and a deeply moving rendition of "Stella by Starlight." What is most remarkable about this band is its sense of balance between eloquence, interplay, improvisational communication, and swing. This group is not only a solid link to the tradition Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette all came up with, but it is a solid teaching pointer as to how to employ standards for the music in the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0602517744479
catalogNumber: 001245102
Rank: 49204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Jarrett   Primary Artist,Piano
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Gary Peacock   Double Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Keith Jarrett   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Horace Silver   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Manfred Eicher   Producer,Audio Production
Otto Harbach   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Charlie Parker   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer,Lyricist
Victor Young   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer,Lyricist
Truman Capote   Composer,Lyricist
Carl Fischer   Composer,Lyricist
Yoshiro Suzuki   Engineer
Toshinari Koinuma   Producer
Thomas Wunsch   Cover Photo

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Yesterdays 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Jerome Kern titlepiece is my favorite song in the bunch and I would have bought the cd just for this wonderful performance, but all of the music is fine and the sound quality is excellent. I would recommend all of Keith Jarrett's other cds as well as every cd you can get of Bill Evans, Art Tatum, and Miles Davis!