Keith Jarrett’s output of extraordinary piano music has slowed in recent years, but ECM has kept the Jarrett titles coming by accessing previously unreleased older material. In 2016 the label issued the four-CD set A Multitude of Angels, solo performances from 1996. Now there is After the Fall, a trio concert from 1998, on two CDs.
In a liner note Jarrett provides the backstory. Between 1996 and 1998 he was incapacitated by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. By November of ’98, out of options and desperate to return to public performance, he scheduled a concert in Newark, N.J., near his home. He was far from certain he could pull it off.