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Keith Jarrett: J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier – Book I

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Keith Jarrett and Johann Sebastian Bach go back a long way. Between 1722 and 1742, Bach composed two sets of preludes and fugues in all twenty-four major and minor keys, written for keyboard; the clavier was--at that time--a broad description taking in the harpsichord, clavichord, and organ. The Well-Tempered Clavier--Book I is a live version of Jarrett's 1988 ECM studio release of the same name. Jarrett followed with Book II (2000), another in a series of six Bach recordings.

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Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018. After The Fall Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette by Karl Ackermann Published: February 13, 2018 Music IS Bill Frisell by John Kelman Published: March 9, 2018 Your Queen Is A Reptile Sons ...

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

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Keith Jarrett stands alone in the history of improvised solo piano masterpieces. He comes close with La Fenice, a pristine, two-disc archival release. Recorded in July of 2006 at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the phoenix rises with an inspiration and open communication only Jarrett can channel. Emotionally captivating as all his recordings ultimately are, La Fenice is comprised mostly of the eight part suite that dominates the recording. Starting as he often does with a ...

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

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The archival gap tightens between the earlier solo release of Keith Jarrett's mid-90s concert, as captured on A Multitude of Angels (ECM, 2016), and his post-illness return to live performing. La Fenice was recorded at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, in 2006, four years after Jarrett had returned to solo performing in Japan. The double album closely corresponds with Jarrett's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award from the International Festival of Contemporary Music of the Biennale di Venezia. ...

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Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

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If, after thirty five years and dozens of standard bearing recordings you're not spoiled rotten, or decisively worse, indifferent to the mythic elegance and boundless creativity of the Standards Trio, then welcome gratefully the latest two-disc chronicle, After The Fall. Recorded on November 14, 1998 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, this was Keith Jarrett's first live performance after his near career-ending bout with chronic fatigue syndrome. Recorded on a DAT (like the monumental pre-CFS box set Multitude of ...

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Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: After The Fall

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In the year between ECM releases Tokyo '96 (1997) and Whisper Not (1999), Keith Jarrett's iconic Standards Trio returned to live performances following a two-year break. Jarrett's bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome left him physically and emotionally drained, but with the condition in check, his expressive passion and physical enthusiasm return in full force with After The Fall. The two-disc set was recorded at a concert in Newark, New Jersey in late 1998. If it appears that picking ...

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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

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Music is fundamentally a spiritual experience, but it's still rare for Keith Jarrett to be as forthright about it as he is in the liner notes to A Multitude of Angels. Occasionally he's written oblique blurbs vaguely touching on the mysteries of inspiration--after all, the music always speaks best for itself. By contrast, here he's admirably candid about being helped through the trying circumstances under which he recorded these discs in October 1996: unexplainably weakened with what turned out to ...

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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

Read "A Multitude of Angels" reviewed by John Kelman

The phrase “triumph of the human spirit" may be commonly used, but rarely in musical contexts. There have, however, been relatively recent examples of such achievements, like when Michael Brecker managed to not just make it into the studio, six months before he died from a fatal blood disorder in early 2007, but delivered one of the (if not the) best performances of his career, on the saxophonist's studio swan song, Pilgrimage (Heads Up, 2007). But a little ...

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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

Read "A Multitude of Angels" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the last solo concert tour of the first half of Keith Jarrett's career, the preeminent pianist of our time had, himself, recorded the performances across four Italian locations, on his digital audio tape machine. These would be the final public performances Jarrett would give for a number of years as he worked through chronic fatigue syndrome. On a concert timeline, A Multitude of Angels follows the 1995 performances captured on La Scala (ECM, 1997) but with an unexplained twenty-year ...

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Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall

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Keith Jarrett Carnegie Hall New York, NY February 9, 2016 Watching fans eagerly photographing a player-less piano, as if in hopes of visualizing forces only Keith Jarrett can translate at the keyboard, I couldn't help wondering what it was all for. Neither could he. Anticipations were nevertheless high as the audience prepared for a night of fully improvised music by that format's most widely heard practitioner. Jarrett took to the stage ...

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Keith Jarrett At The National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Keith Jarrett National Concert Hall Dublin, Ireland November 17, 2015 Following a solo performance in Dublin's National Concert Hall in 1982, Keith Jarrett's Irish fans would have to wait thirty one years for his return--another solo gig, in early 2013. Therefore, the news that Dublin was on Jarrett's short European tour 2015 was met with surprise and delight in equal measure in the Irish capital. Inevitably enough, tickets sold out in the blink of an ...

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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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