KEITH JAR­RETT/CHAR­LIE HADEN Jas­mine (ECM)

Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos - — Paul Wei­de­man

Jas­mine opens with the 1930s song “For All We Know,” a beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic duet that sets the stage for a group of mostly beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic duets by pi­anist Keith Jar­rett and bassist Char­lie Haden. The two came to­gether in 2007, when Jar­rett played a small role in the Reto Caduff doc­u­men­tary film

Char­lie Haden: Ram­bling Boy. They had fre­quently mixed mu­si­cal heads in the 1960s and 1970s but had not met since 1977’s Si­lence, the fi­nal record­ing by Jar­rett’s Amer­i­can Quar­tet. From the Ram­bling Boy stu­dio, they headed to Jar­rett’s home stu­dio and set about, with no re­hearsal, mak­ing mu­sic. Lis­ten closely for that sense of risky im­me­di­acy that real jazz is all about: they are al­ter­nately in­spired and ten­ta­tive; some­times in a groove to­gether and other times just plow­ing ahead re­gard­less — but al­ways search­ing for the beauty. “Art is dy­ing in this world, and so is lis­ten­ing, as the world be­comes more full of toys and spe­cial ef­fects,” Jar­rett says in the al­bum’s liner notes. “Here is some mu­sic for you. Take it and it’s yours.” High­lights in this in­ti­mate, el­e­gant set in­clude a gor­geous, sad ver­sion of “Good­bye,” the old Benny Good­man sig­na­ture song writ­ten by Gor­don Jenk­ins; and two de­par­tures from the bal­lad mood — the swinging “No Moon at All” and an ex­u­ber­ant cover of “Body and Soul.”

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