The Charles Lloyd Quarter—circa ’66. Jarrett spent several years with Lloyd in which they visited Europe many times, including an unprecedented tour of the Soviet Union.
By this point in young Jarrett’s career his compositions were developing in many directions. This predicated other projects between dates with the Lloyd group. He formed a trio during this period which included Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums. This unit was a precursor of his present quartet. He toured Europe with that group in 1969.
During the next few years Miles Davis, enlisted Jarrett’s services, in which he helped perform some experimental Daviseque compositions on accoustic piano beside another keyboardist on electric piano named Chick Corea.
Jarrett’s trio, although in a somewhat latent state at this time, kept it together and eventually did Europe in 1972. Shortly thereafter, saxophonist Dewey Redman came to the trio to create Jarrett’s present quartet. They record for ABC and Impulse records.
The Jazz in Jarrett’s music is most aptly displayed with this quartet. Between Haden’s formidable bass lines, Redman’s wild reed work and Motian’s transcendental rhythms, the audience is able to experience their musical rapport which communicates the state of their art.