Keith Jarrett: Poinciana




Keith Jarrett (piano)


Whisper Not (ECM 1724/25)

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Keith Jarrett (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded: Paris, July 5, 1999


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Whatever Keith Jarrett’s trio touches turns to gold. Even so, its 1999 recording of “Poinciana” from Paris shines brighter than most. It’s impossible to hear “Poinciana” without thinking of Ahmad Jamal, the pianist it is most often linked with, and Jarrrett’s trio wisely doesn’t try to disguise the association. Jack DeJohnette’s thoughtful, spacious percussion pattern immediately recalls the version Jamal did on tour in 1958. But a couple of minutes in, the moaning begins, and we are reminded that Jarrett is sitting on the bench. He excels at personalizing these upbeat numbers, and with “Poinciana” he is glorious, exploring all the nooks and crannies we never knew existed in the tune. His view of “Poinciana”’s possibilities is more expansive than Jamal’s, and so it grows in his hands.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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