Keith Jarrett's piano, and Charlie Haden's acoustic double bass...that's the story here on Jasmine, the first collaboration between these two legendary jazzmen in over 30 years. Though Jarrett hasn't done anything outside of his trio or solo piano format in quite some time, he sounds right at home in this intimate setting with Haden, recorded at Keith's home in 2007.
As these are mostly love song standards, the mood here is generally light and romantic, with Jarrett's gentle melodies taking center stage and the back end being held up by Haden's sinewy bass lines. Though both artists can certainly solo with daring abandon, that's not the m.o. on this release; instead, the duo paint lush, intoxicating soundscapes and dreamy melodies to entice the listener. "Where Can I Go Without You" shows Jarrett's mastery on the piano, a real sweeping number of gorgeous jazz, while "No Moon At All" is a more intricate tune filled with acrobatic scales and melodies. The emotional "Body and Soul" might be the most poignant cut on the CD, filled with stunning notes from Jarrett and a yearning solo from Haden. The two pieces that close out the album, "Goodbye" and "Don't Ever Leave Me" would be a perfect background setting to a late night dinner date or romantic evening by the fire with a special someone.
Overall the sound here is very dry and intimate, as the duo intended it to be from the beginning. Jarrett has also included some fascinating info in the CD booklet on the making of the album which is definitely worth reading. In the end, Jasmine is a classy collection of songs from two legends of the jazz scene who never seem to disappoint, and that's a good thing.
1) For All We Know
2) Where Can I Go Without You
3) No Moon At All
4) One Day I'll Fly Away
5) I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
6) Body and Soul
8) Don't Ever Leave Me