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Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett: Creation

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With the simultaneous release of his latest classical album Barber/ Bartók /Jarrett, the forty-plus year ECM mainstay, Keith Jarrett issues an unusually conceived solo piano compilation, Creation. During his first twenty years of solo releases on Manfred Eicher's iconic label--beginning with Facing You (1971)--Jarrett's solo output had been prodigious and has secured his place as the best and most creative pianist/composer of the age. While the releases kept coming, health problems in the 90s curtailed his output of live solo ...

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Pianist Enlargement

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We're celebrating Keith Jarrett's 70th Birthday with the republication of this October 2003 Genius Guide to Jazz article. A recent AAJ poll reveals that if you were to ask the average American to name the most influential living jazz pianist, 89.4% of them would giggle like a schoolgirl because the word “pianist" sounds naughty when you say it out loud. So then. Keith Jarrett, considered by virtually the entire cast of The ...

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Keith Jarrett: Creation

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It's been four years since pianist Keith Jarrett--an ECM recording artist since the early '70s--last released a solo piano recording, 2011's Rio. While its more consistently buoyant, optimistic nature reflected similar changes in Jarrett's life, it was not a recording that, for example, ranked as highly as Concerts: Bregenz / Munich --issued, in 2013, in its entirety for the first time on CD since its original 1982 vinyl release. While Jarrett's well-documented encounter with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in ...

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72

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Early on in Keith Jarrett's relationship with ECM (the label had released the solo Facing You in 1971), the pianist was recording for three different labels and dabbling in multiple group formations including this trio. In retrospect it's almost unimaginable that a better triad could have existed in comparison to that of Hamburg '72. Jarrett--adding flute, soprano sax and a bit of percussion to his piano performance--bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian were the quintessential combo, pulling on their ...

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg '72

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With Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 (2012) and Magico: Carta de Amor (2012), ECM Records began digging into its archives, unearthing two live recordings that revealed even more about a collection of artists whose reputations were already plenty secure as some of the label's most important from its early years--in the first case, pianist Keith Jarrett's Scandinavian-centric “Belonging Quartet," with saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen; in the second, the Transatlantic trio of Norway's Garbarek, Brazilian ...

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Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden: Last Dance

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For the past 30 years--barring a few diversions into classical repertoire, unexpected instrumentation like 1986's Book of Ways and a couple of home-cooked solo albums that, as with the 1986 recording No End (ECM, 2013), were out-of-character recordings where he overdubbed all the instruments himself--pianist Keith Jarrett has been working two contexts and two contexts only: solo piano performances that, with the exception of the home-recorded The Melody at Night, With You (ECM, 1999), have all been recorded live; and ...

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Keith Jarrett: Arbour Zena

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Given his overall focus on just two projects over the past three decades--with the exception of relatively rare diversions into the classical world or recordings like Jasmine (2010), an intimate duo date with bassist Charlie Haden--it's easy to forget that there was a time when pianist Keith Jarrett was not just one of the most innovative performers on the planet, but a writer constrained by no stylistic boundaries. These days, focusing as he does on performing solo and with his ...

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Keith Jarrett / Dennis Russell Davies: Ritual

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In pianist Keith Jarrett's vast ECM catalogue, albums on which he does not play aren't exactly common, but nor are they completely uncommon; his 1974 double-disc set In the Light features a handful of tracks on which he performs, but its primary focus is on Jarrett the composer. Ditto Luminessence (1975), a trilogy of compositions for string orchestra and improviser Jan Garbarek--a precursor to Arbour Zena (1976), also featuring the Norwegian saxophonist and string orchestra, but also including Jarrett and ...



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