Keith Jarrett – El Juicio (the Judgement)
1975 – Atlantic Recording Company
When your backing band is Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian, you really can’t go wrong. This group has a few recordings together, and their cohesion shows here. There are so many aspects that I could look at this album from, but I think I’m going to look at it through the bass. Charlie Haden is a madman. He has times where he hits one note multiple times, moves it chromatically up and down, builds and releases tension throughout others solos. He lays such a solid foundation that everyone is clear where they are at all times, no matter how much moving around he is doing. Even in spots where there is no clear beat, he pulls the band together and makes everything sound planned and written out. His groove is unbelievable and he always seems to know when to play, what to play, and when to leave space. The drums and bass sound like they are one. This kind of musical divinity doesn’t happen very often. The way that Motian and Haden push and pull the pulse (between the two of them and with the others) is a masterclass in itself. Listening to this album, it sounds like they were all having a fun time playing. The songs are interesting, the musicianship is excellent, and the cover art is awesome. Pick this one up if you find it, I grabbed it for $2.99, so that tells me it is pretty readily available to find. You won’t be disappointed with the purchase!