Inside Out' picks up where 'Changeless' (ECM1392) left off, 13 years ago. 'Inside Out' is a re-immersion in the swirling waters of free playing that the group of Jarratt with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette (the "Standards Trio") are renowned for.
It may be a little misleading to credit Inside Out
as a Keith Jarrett album, because the cover and CD spine list Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette in equal type-size. However, the people who witnessed these July 2000 concerts in London's Royal Festival Hall were coming to see the pianist first and foremost, and it's fair to assume that CD purchasers will have a similar motivation. The contrast between Jarrett's playing here and with the1960s Charles Lloyd is striking. Way back then, he was a more fluent, more daring and more imaginative player. The music on Inside Out
is like the representation of a man in intense dialogue with himself, while two other people provide intelligent and sympathetic commentary. This may well be sufficient a recommendation for Jarrett fans to immediately purchase this CD, and it would be foolish to argue that the music here is inferior to that of Lloyd's group. But it's very different, and there have been losses as well as gains. --Keith Shadwick