Keith Jarrett to help calm the nerve and steady the spirit this weekend.
This concert comes from a much celebrated period – and his label, ECM has some thoughts on it:
In 1973 ECM organised an eighteen-concert European tour, consisting solely of Jarrett’s solo improvisations. The Köln Concert (1975) has unsurprisingly passed into legend: a multi-million-selling album that has been the subject of books and a complete transcription. But Köln should not eclipse the achievement of the whole sequence of improvised concerts, a genre which Jarrett effectively created. After the success of that first solo tour, Jarrett has continued to pursue the improvised solo concert format, the decades of his career studded with records of his endlessly fertile imagination, usually referred to simply by where they took place: Paris, Vienna, Lausanne, Carnegie Hall, La Scala…
Jarrett has been a member of several outstanding groups. In the mid-1970s he began recording with his so-called “European Quartet” consisting of saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen. Their recordings include Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants, Personal Mountains and Sleeper. No less essential is his contemporaneous “American Quartet” work with Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums) and Dewey Redman (sax), whose output included The Survivors’ Suite and Eyes of the Heart (both 1976). The American Quartet extended the range of Jarrrett’s trio with Haden and Motian. The early trio’s work is documented on Hamburg ’72.
Needless to say, so much of Jarrett’s work has been recorded and released – it’s a treasure-trove of musical imagination and its preservation, either officially or unofficially, is almost an obligation to the artist and the form – one that serves future generations of musicians an essential foundation; a very solid jumping-off place.
If you’re new to the work of Keith Jarrett, the fields of discovery are massive and plentiful and this is one more example to check out. But don’t stop here – go on the search and prepare to be blown away. It’ll do you wonders.