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1. Gypsy Moth — 8:17
2. Toll Road — 5:41
3. Pre-Judgment Atmosphere — 2:31
4. El Juicio — 10:20
5. Piece for Ornette (L.V.) — 9:14
6. Piece for Ornette (S.V.) — 0:12
7. Pardon My Rags — 2:43
Keith Jarrett - piano, soprano saxophone, flute, percussion
Dewey Redman - tenor saxophone, percussion
Charlie Haden - bass, percussion
Paul Motian - drums, percussion
El Juicio is an excellent early Jarrett album and finds him in
typically eclectic form with his classic American quartet.
I nominate the opener, "Gypsy Moth," as the best piece on the rec
Sounding a little like a more confident version of "Lisbon Stomp,
" from Jarrett's 1967 debut album Life Between the Exit Signs,
Jarrett first whips up a rollicking theme on the piano and then
switches to soprano sax towards the end, the rhythm section
swinging hard throughout. "Toll Road" is more abstract, but the
collapsing cymbal pattern paired with Charlie Hayden's pummeling
bass lines creates an intriguing canvass for Jarrrett and Redman's
sax improvisations. "Pre-Judgement Atmosphere" is a short percussion
piece that manages to incorporate a steel drum into the mix.
The title track is an ecstatic ten-minute free-improv wherein
Jarrett pounds out and wails away (if you don't like Jarrett's
wordless yelps, I'm living evidence that it is possible to get
used to them, eventually). Melodic fragments are continually spun
out and just as quickly squashed, and the whole band burns with a
smoldering energy. "Piece for Ornette (Long Version)" is a tribute
to the free jazz pioneer (and significant influence) Ornette Coleman.
It's good, if a little too understated; Redman really shines on it,
though. Jarrett has a sense of humor about it, as the following
track is the twelve-second "Piece for Ornette (Short Version).
"Pardon My Rags" is a short tribute to ragtime-era piano and if
you want to hear it you'll have to buy the European release of
this album — the Collectables reissue left this track off to
accommodate all of Life Between the Exit Signs on the same disc.
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