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Some­where Be­fore – The At­lantic Years 1968-1975 Warner

This dou­ble-CD an­thol­ogy strad­dles a hugely sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod in Jar­rett’s then bur­geon­ing ca­reer, dur­ing which he quit Charles Lloyd’s suc­cess­ful quar­tet in 1969, joined Miles Davis in 1970 and rapidly be­came an in­de­pen­dent per­former, leav­ing Davis in 1971. Bassist Char­lie Haden and drum­mer Paul Mo­tian form, with Jar­rett, the bedrock here; they’re on the tracks from the splen­did trio al­bums Life Be­tween the Exit Signs (four num­bers), Some­where Be­fore (five) and The Mourn­ing of a Star (four), and the quar­tet en­coun­ters with Dewey Red­man on Birth (two) and El Juicio (three). The re­main­ing four tracks come from the Gary Bur­ton & Keith Jar­rett album. It was an ex­cit­ing time and it de­fined the emer­gence of a ma­jor tal­ent, a true orig­i­nal, on the cusp of great­ness and joy­ously tast­ing free­dom. ECM was in the fu­ture, but this still sounds fresh.

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