A really juicy interview with Keith Jarrett from Ethan Iverson whose writing on DO THE MATH has sent me back to Jarrett’s ’70s albums time and again. So many great tidbits in here from the working relationship with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette to that gem of a Thelonious Monk quote.
I started to realize the universe actually requires all sounds, in a way. And so if you want to be anthropomorphic or whatever that is, there is no such thing as atonality. You’re either putting more colors together, or you are putting less. Or you’re choosing. So tonality is a choice.
Also, in response to the DO THE MATH interview, Phil Freeman’s working on an 8-part exploration of Jarrett’s Impulse recordings. This is mostly material from the band known as the “American Quartet,” an untouchable, long-running group featuring Dewey Redman, Paul Motian and Charlie Haden. Here’s some more Jarrett from the DTM interview, talking about this band:
Dewey was always late for things, forever and ever, Amen. I had driven into New York, we were rehearsing at Paul’s apartment, and Dewey was a couple of hours late. You know, we’re twiddling our thumbs… I don’t know what song this is…Dewey shows up, and he’s a very poor reader. (Charlie was a great reader.) Dewey was a very poor reader. He needed to “play this slow first.” And I didn’t have time for that. So I thought, okay. Alright. Paul: just play as though we’re playing fast, but it’s not a pulse. And Charlie: you know the piece, you can tell where we are. And Dewey: you just play whatever tempo you can read it. And that’s how it ended up being recorded, the same way.