His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook, Part 1

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For over four and a half decades, Keith Jarrett has penned countless memorable compositions many of which have become an integral part of the repertoires of many of today's musicians. As his years at ECM have become increasingly focused on improvisational tour de forces or the exploration of the Great American Songbook, the compositions of Keith Jarrett that other musicians have been covering are mostly the tunes from his years with Atlantic and Impulse!, which perhaps better lend themselves to a re-interpretation. This week we explore some of the best, and some of the more unusual, renditions of the Keith Jarrett Songbook to celebrate the pianist's 76th birthday.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Big Band Katowice "Sorcery" Music for My Friends (Polish Jazz, Vol. 52) (Polskie Nagrania Muza) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:52
  • Woody Herman "The Raven Speaks" The Raven Speaks (Fantasy) 6:32
  • Host talks 10:32
  • Steve Arguelles "The Windup" Circuit (Babel) 13:08
  • Pat Metheny "My Song" One Quiet Night (Warner Bros.) 17:10
  • Host talks 21:25
  • The Mike Gibbs Band "Grow Your Own" Just Ahead (Polydor) 23:26
  • Georgie Fame "Is It Really the Same" Seventh Son (CBS) 31:23
  • Keith Jarrett "Mortgage on My Soul (Wah-Wah)" Birth (Atlantic) 35:33
  • Host talks 41:03
  • Ulf Wakenius "Dancing" Notes from the Heart (ACT Music) 42:38
  • Noël Akchoté "Country" All I Forgot to Say (Self-released) 47:14
  • Sylvain Luc "Coral" Joko (Dreyfus Jazz) 50:23
  • Host talks 53:26
  • Peter Lehel Quartet "Long As You Know You Are Living Yours" Ballads (Finetone) 55:46
  • SHIN-SKI "Mirfak" Planetarium (Octave) 1:00:16
  • Noah Haidu "Rainbow" Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett (Sunnyside) 1:03:26
  • Host talks 1:11:47
  • Eric Revis "Prayer" City of Asylum (Clean Feed) 1:12:28

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