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Keith Jarrett: Munich 2016

Read "Munich 2016" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though he's had to modify his approach to his singular style of improvisation since his noted bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome roughly 1996-1998 and its exhausting recurrences since, Keith Jarrett continues to astonish with the music he conjures from thin air. There have been some intense examples of the peaks he still reaches (2005's Radiance, 2006's The Carnegie Hall Concert, 2009's Testament-Paris/London, and 2011's infectious and intoxicating Rio, all ECM). Munich 2016 stands alongside them. With the era ...

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Keith Jarrett: Munich 2016

Read "Munich 2016" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The second coming of Keith Jarrett—post-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—was well behind him by the time he performed in Munich, Germany in 2016. The piano prodigy is captured in ECM's home town at a Philharmonic Hall solo concert at the end of his European tour. His improvisational skills in top form, he displays his genius across twelve extemporaneous compositions and three encores, on the two-disc set Munich 2016. For this recording, Jarrett broke with his frequent practice of live improvisations ...

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

Read "J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier – Book I" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2018" reviewed by Michael Ricci

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

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

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

Read "La Fenice" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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

Read "After the Fall" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

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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