Keith Jarrett: Common Mama

Track

Common Mama

Artist

Keith Jarrett (piano, keyboards, percussion)

CD

Expectations (Columbia KG 31580)

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Musicians:

Keith Jarrett (piano, keyboards, percussion), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion).

Composed by Keith Jarrett

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Recorded: New York City, September – October 1971

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(Editor's note: With the enormous amount of revered material Keith Jarrett has released as a solo performer and with his Peacock/DeJohnette trio, it is easy to overlook his American Quartet material from the 1970s. Redman, Haden and Motian joined Jarrett on countless standout efforts, including Birth, Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, and Death and the Flower. On this effort, the quartet is supplemented by strings and additional brass. E.N.)

I've always loved this track since the first time I heard it in 1972. Keith writes great tunes, and the band here is stellar. Paul Motian’s focus and discipline and completely “way-out,” unconventional drumming on this is fascinating. I asked one of my students at USC to describe or explain what was so great about Paul’s drumming on this tune. My student, Louis Cole, replied: “He lets the music do all of the work.” Brilliant.

Reviewer: Peter Erskine (for Desert Island Dozens)

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