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Released to mark the 30th anniversary of Keith Jarrett’s ‘Standards’ trio, Somewhere finds the ensemble in purposeful mood at a 2009 Lucerne concert. Their programme includes two Leonard Bernstein compositions (the leisurely title track and a briskly swinging Tonight), an affectionate and edgy take on Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and two tunes associated with Miles Davis – Solar and I Thought About You – that the three have recorded before. Apart from the brief piano solo Deep Space, which opens the concert, the only original material here is Jarrett’s Everywhere, a lovely trio excursion through a rainfall of dancing ostinatos. Jarrett’s music tends to elicit both excessive praise and excessive abuse; it can sound self-indulgent, but there’s little doubt that the trio’s expansive, neo-Romantic explorations of the Great American Songbook have helped to keep the jazz mainstream sounding fresh, lively and inventive. This enjoyable album continues that project.

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