Keith Jarrett ECM/Fuse LEGIONS of followers of American pianist Keith Jarrett will be overjoyed at this release, the first from his famed standards trio since Yesterdays, recorded in 2001 but released in 2009. The new album continues with the trio’s longstanding members, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Fans might have been wondering if the magnificent trio, after 30 years together, had decided to stop releasing albums. Somewhere, recorded live in the Lucerne Concert Hall in Switzerland in 2009, banishes all doubts as the trio brilliantly reinterprets six standards. Jarrett is a relatively rare musician on several counts: as a child prodigy he began studying piano aged three and gave his first solo performance at the age of 11; he’s a prolific composer who has played with a who’s who of jazz luminaries including Art Blakey, Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden and Miles Davis. He also is active playing and composing European classical music, and spent all of 1984 exclusively playing and composing orchestral classical works. The new album comes complete with all of Jarrett’s trademarks: lengthy, inspired intros and codas; effortless mobile invention; and his sometimes irritating little cries. Every track is a standout, but the interpretation of Stars Fell on Alabama is noteworthy: after a rubato opening Jarrett manages to build, with sympathetic assistance from bass and drums, a superbly expressive theme and solo into a swinging ballad heralded by Peacock’s discursive bass solo. There are two songs from Leonard Bernstein’s 1957 show West Side Story: first Somewhere roams widely as piano and bass circumnavigate the theme, ever so slowly stoking the tension across 20 minutes into an extended, improvised, grooving coda that Jarrett has entitled Everywhere. The other Bernstein piece, Tonight, is taken up-tempo, the fastest in the collection, and features Jarrett’s seemingly endless high-speed flow of instant ideas as Peacock and DeJohnette drive it powerfully along, DeJohnette taking a smart solo. An inverted unaccompanied, jabbing sequence from Jarrett introduces Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at a medium tempo, employing clever integrated play between piano and drums as the theme is established. After fast, cascading piano treble runs the bass takes a swinging solo climbing into the instrument’s higher register, followed by a series of exultant eight-bar piano and drum exchanges. Closing track is Jimmy Van Heusen’s lovely ballad I Thought About You, in which a pensive, latenight atmosphere pervades as Jarrett takes many opportunities to extend and embellish the song’s rich harmonies. Again Peacock creates a sublime solo of profound expression by using the resonant bass’s tense upper register, followed by the release of a quick downward passage. This album displays the magical empathy between these musicians and reestablishes Jarrett’s standards ensemble, with its uniquely gifted leader, as one of the top level jazz piano trios.