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Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)

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 … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: After the Fall (ECM)”

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Keith Jarrett: Creation

A live Keith Jarrett recording almost assuredly means instant transport to a given evening in a given city, where an orderly but still surprising program emerges from a player following the logic of his own inspiration. Gigs by Jarrett, now 70, tend to unpack themselves with themes and melodies emerging like musical nesting dolls. This … Read More “Keith Jarrett: Creation”

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg ’72

Reissues and previously unreleased “vault” recordings are crucial to the jazz record industry. Since the start of the compact disc era in 1983, both have abounded. The steady stream of important previously unreleased old recordings has necessitated a new album designation in the jazz polls: “Historical.” The ECM label has been late getting on this … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Hamburg ’72”

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Last Dance

[Editor’s note: This review was written and published in JazzTimes shortly before Charlie Haden’s death. We’ve left it intact.] So maybe this project should officially be known as the Standards Duo. Four years after old friends and onetime musical collaborators Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden released their first batch of vintage material recorded at the … Read More “Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Last Dance”

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Keith Jarrett: Concerts Bregenz/München

This three-CD box contains two Keith Jarrett solo concerts from 1981. The performance in Bregenz, Austria, has been previously reissued on CD. The concert in Munich, Germany, appears here on CD for the first time. Bregenz/München belongs with Jarrett’s other monumental improvised solo piano concerts (Bremen/Lausanne, The Köln Concert, L Scala), though it is a … Read More “Keith Jarrett: Concerts Bregenz/München”

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Keith Jarrett: No End

No End was recorded in 1986, but it sounds even older. The project features piano icon Keith Jarrett solo, though not on solo piano. Instead, he plays a 20-part “suite,” multitracking himself on electric guitar, Fender bass, drums, tabla and various percussion-piano makes one appearance, in the backing track on “X”-for two discs and 90-plus … Read More “Keith Jarrett: No End”

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