Keith Jarrett: The Melody at Night, With You
Jarrett’s performance of this collection of standards is careful and thoughtful. Absent are any technical elaborations or displays of virtuosity. Jarrett, perhaps forced by chronic fatigue syndrome, has distilled his playing to the bare essence—that of melody. He embellishes little, choosing to frame these famous aires with simple harmonies. The tempi are ballad slow on all pieces, giving these American Masterpieces the feel of Edward McDowell miniatures. Almost nocturne in quality, Jarrett’s presentation is at once ethereal and deliberate.
Recommendation. This disc is a must for all solo jazz piano buffs. Its quiet honesty puts it easily in the same league with Bill Evans’ piano soliloquies on the Solo Sessions (Fantasy/Milestone). This is a beautifully introspective recording that bears many listenings.
Track Listing: I Loves You Porgy; I Got It Bad And That Ain
Personnel: Keith Jarrett: Piano.
Record Label: ECM Records