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This is the Keith Jarrett Trio's — featuring bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette — elegy for their former employer Miles Davis, recorded only 13 days after the maestro's death. The lonely figure in shadow with a horn on the cover contrasts with the joyous spirit of many of the tracks on this CD, yet there is still a ghostly presence to deal with — and in keeping with Miles' credo, Jarrett's choice of notes is often more purposefully spare than usual. There is symmetry in the organization of the album, with "Bye Bye Blackbird" opening and the trio's equally jaunty "Blackbird, Bye Bye" closing the album, and the interior tracks immediately following the former and preceding the latter are "You Won't Forget Me" and "I Thought About You." The centerpiece of the CD is an 18-and-a-half-minute group improvisation, "For Miles," which after some DeJohnette tumbling around becomes a dirge sometimes reminiscent of Miles' own elegy for Duke Ellington, "He Loved Him Madly." As an immediate response to a traumatic event, Jarrett and his colleagues strike the right emotional balance to create one of their more meaningful albums. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews


This album, as well as some others done by the trio, would have been beautiful and a potential jazz masterpiece. However, their inclusion of the backround buzzing vocal, akin to a very bad juice harp, completely ruins them all!!

Not ruined

Those who can't get past Keith Jarrett's vocalizations are a sad bunch. I find that his shouts and moan humanize the experience. You can tell that he cares and feel his enthusiasm. Not ruined in the least.


Jazz is spontaneous. Of course the players hum, sing along, tap their foot, converse, shout ... And more. It's blues based studio pablum without it. No offense to authentic blues, which I love.


Born: May 8, 1945 in Allentown, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century. As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition. He has recorded over 80 albums as a leader...
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Bye Bye Blackbird, Keith Jarrett Trio
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal, Standards
  • Released: Oct 1991

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