Keith Jarrett: Shades of Jazz


Shades of Jazz


Keith Jarrett (piano)


Shades (Impulse 9322)

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Keith Jarrett (piano), Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums),

Guillerme Franco (percussion)


Composed by Keith Jarrett


Recorded: New York City, 1975


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Keith Jarrett’s “American Quartet” with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian has always been one of my favorite bands, and this track, recorded in 1975, has stood out to me for a long time. Keith ambles through the changes in a way that sometimes reminds me of Bud Powell, and every time Dewey begins his solo, it sends a chill up my spine—even 30 years after hearing it for the first time. Charlie Haden and Paul Motian make it swing like crazy! Motian mentioned in an interview somewhere that he didn’t like this track because at some point everyone was lost, but that’s where the magic is for me. It’s exciting and celebratory.

(Editor’s Note: The Paul Motian interview that Mr. Kimbrough mentions above first appeared in Percussive Notes Magazine in 1995, but you can read it at the interviewer’s website here. Motian discusses many of his musical encounters in great detail, and listens and reacts to some of his old recordings—including “Shades of Jazz.”) – Eric Novod

Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)

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