Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (with Keith Jarrett): Secret Love
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Buttercorn Lady (Emarcy 822 471-2)
Frank Mitchell (alto sax), Reggie Johnson (bass).
Composed by by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster.
Recorded: The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, CA, January, 1966
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
This song was a number one hit for Doris Day in 1954, and won an Academy Award for its role in the film Calamity Jane. But if you want to hear calamity, check out Keith Jarrett's piano solo on this live version of "Secret Love" from the Lighthouse in 1965. Jarrett was only 20 years old and full of fire. Everyone else on the bandstand might have assumed that they had been hired to play hard bop. But not the young pianist. He puts such a strong personal stamp on the music that for a moment it is no longer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, but something completely different, fresh and potent and free. The other players shine (and give props to the oft-maligned Chuck Mangione, who contributes a fine solo), but Jarrett's take is so strong that everything else is obliterated in his wake. On the basis of this track alone, you could have predicted grand things for this pianist.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia