Jarret & Haden: Last Dance

Jun 15, 2014
Extra: Kari Nevalainen

It's the lightest time of the year in these latitudes, and it doesn't go unnoticed, nor by the eye neither the soul. Soon the day will get shorter and shorter, first by some minutes then with bigger leaps. A month and the evenings are noticeably darker like a black mantle on the shoulders. But that's a good news because the time from the mid-summer to winter means hope. Awareness of the fact that we're heading again toward the day when the day will begin to prolong again!

Any love is better than the one that comes true. Future love, love gone, ... and million other that only succeed in our mind.

Next week a new album will be published (ECM) from two brilliant musicians who used to play together a long while ago: pianist Keith Jarrett and bassist Charlie Haden. The album titled Last dance presents jazz classics like Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" and Bud Powell's "Dance Of The Infidels", but mostly such sensitive love ballades as "My Old Flame," "My Ship," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Everything Happens To Me" and "Every Time We Say Goodbye", not to forget the duo's interpretations of the songs " Where Can I Go Without You" and "Goodbye".

Haden together with Paul Motian were playing in Jarrett's first trio ("Life Between the Exit Signs" appeared in 1967 by Vortex), later joined by the saxophonist Dewey Redman to form Jarrett's important American Quartet.

After American Quartet was dissolved Haden and Jarret didn't play together until in 2007 when Jarrett was invited to participate in the documentary about Haden ("Rambling Boy"). Their ensemble for the documentary went so well that Jarrett asked Haden to visit his home, which led to a four-day recording session in 2010. Those sessions gave birth first to the album "Jasmine" and now the new album Last Dance.

Jarrett is said to comment on their new musical meeting by the words: "When we play together, it feels like two people were singing." To which Haden: "Keith really listens, as well as I do. This is the secret."

This ain't dangerous music. I'm not sure that these are the sharpest interpretations of the classics either. But many good (musically intelligent and subtle) things happen along the way, and it's a pure pleasure to listen to the duo's dialogue, together and individually. 

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