Keith Jarrett: Spheres (1976)
Take this music in with a deep breath and you will find yourself entranced by its carefully woven sequences, light and warm, dark and deep atmospherics, and cascading, slow melodies. Spheres is played on a Baroque organ, and Jarrett manages to get strange and electronic-like effects from an unusual combination of organ stops and partially opened stops.
The movements marry slow sequences with "breathing medieval synth" lines. Each track builds sonically, gradually introducing rich bass tones. Jarrett's magic permeates every corner of this recording. Each piece on the disc fits together like a completed puzzle of interlocking parts, all coming together on a multi-layered canvas of creativity; magical, deep and inspired. Though this is totally different to his piano works, Jarrett performs exquisitely and seemingly effortlessly.
Spheres is filled with plenty of aural-organic spontaneity and a mood that shifts from ethereal and celestial to earthy. Hopefully the complete version will be reissued some day. As its title would suggest, Spheres is a recording of transcendent beauty.
Track Listing: Spheres (1st Movement); Spheres (4st Movement); Spheres (7st Movement); Spheres (9st Movement).
Personnel: Keith Jarrett: Baroque organ.
Record Label: ECM Records