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Keith Jarrett: The Carnegie Hall Concert

Given the artistic and cultural importance of Keith Jarrett’s fully improvised “solo concerts,” it is surprising that their documentation on record is finite. His new double CD, The Carnegie Hall Concert, is only his 12th solo concert album in 33 years. (Granted, several have been multidisc sets.)

The new album and its predecessor (last year’s Radiance) signal a new direction in Jarrett’s solo art form. Instead of uninterrupted hour-long outpourings, the concerts are now broken up into more manageable “discrete pieces.” The earlier format generated higher highs-more majestic sweeps, more catharses-but also lower lows, in transitional filler and abandoned ventures.

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