Some music can be played as both background music and "foreground music". Most modern music is in this category. Other types of music is only suitable as foreground music, i.e music that demands an active listener.
"Inside Out" is of this type. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette it at it again, producing gorgeous music. The trio has played standards in many years in a free way. On this album they have gone one step further to so-called "free" playing. Each of them has experimented with it in the 60s, so it's not a new experience for them.
The first tune on the album, "From The Body", begins with Jarrett playing a theme-like introduction, the others then follow. The next tune, "Inside Out", is blues-inspired, at least after a while. The songs don't follow a strict scheme in any way, it's up to each of them to form the music as he likes while of course paying atttention to the overall direction and flow. Most often it's Jarrett who begins with new ideas. But the other two has as much to say as him. The album ends with a standard, as if to say, "we still can play standards!" It's to beutifully played that it leaves the listener wanting more.
This popular trio has went a new way, making some listeners displeased, others pleased. If you like free music or this trio and are open to different types of music, you will like this album. But some concentration and active listening is required to appreciate the music. If this type of music is new to you, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit down and relax and concentrate. Then let the music speak.