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Arbour Zena (180g Vinyl) [VINYL]

Keith Jarrett Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00H2AV43I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Runes (Dedicated To The Unknown) - Keith Jarrett
2. Solara March (Dedicated to Pablo Casals And The Sun) - Keith Jarrett
3. Mirrors (Dedicated To My Teachers) - Keith Jarrett

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"I consider this one of my most richly lyrical and consistently inspired works," wrote Keith Jarrett of Arbour Zena. "Jan Garbarek's contribution is irreplaceable and ecstatic." It is easy to agree that Arbour Zena is one of Jarrett's most exceptional albums.

In some ways a follow-up to Jarrett's first recorded collaboration with Jan Garbarek, the previous year's Luminessence for saxophone and string orchestra, Arbour Zena adds Keith himself and bassist Charlie Haden to the mix. Evocative writing for strings, beautiful playing by Jan, Keith, and Haden at his most soulful, and a glowing panoramic production make this 1975 recording one of the finest of ECM's first decade albums.

At the beginning of 2014, ECM issues seven important recordings from its back catalogue, all on 180g vinyl and CD, most of which have been out of stock for many years. For both CD and LP versions, the original analog recordings are issued in deluxe cardboard sleeves.

Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano), Jan Garbarek (tenor and soprano saxophones), Charlie Haden (double bass), String Orchestra (Members of the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart), Mladen Gutesha (conductor)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime! 16 Sep 2010
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was astonished by the luminous beauty of this disc the first time I heard it. It is one of these rare 'hybrid' experiments, which works to miraculous effect. Imagine the opening: the Stuttgart String Orchestra provide a haunting backwash of melody, against which comes a hesitant, stray note from the piano, which appears to hang in the air like an icicle slowly melting. This is soon echoed by some broken fragments of bass, which do no more than hint at the depth of the piece. Garbarek's sax arcs over this, like a gull, then is gone. The beauty of 'Runes' is in the restraint, the hesitancy of long delayed melody lines, which when they struggle into completion achieve such a sense of release, that you feel blessed by such music. 'Solara March' picks up on some of the earlier themes and melody lines, and develops them further, with the trio now starting to make headway and direction, and 'Mirrors' completes this musical journey in an extended composition, where solos shimmer and disappear from the orchestral backcloth. A mesmerising and very beautiful album. Strongly recommended for all with ears to hear, and a heart that beats...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary Jarrett Masterpiece 13 July 2002
By Mark D Burgh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wynton Marsalis, the current Stalin of the Jazz world has systematically disparged jazz of the 1970's, Jazz that opened new vistas, or used non-traditional instrumentation. Would that Marsalis had the same breadth of vision as Keith Jarrett. Arbour Zena, an orchestral work released in 1976, embodies the aesthetic that Jarrett was to carry forward in the decades to come; cool but not disengaged, experimental, but not inaccessible, complex, but not eschewing lyricism. There is a masterful talent and a visionary mind behind this work; the coupling of Garbarek's artic saxophone with the warmer strings, Jarrett's stunning piano work place it among the better works of the time.
From the first statement of quivering strings on Runes, to the nearly triumphant Solara March, Arbour Zena is a sustained and cohesive vision that nourishes the mind and replenishes idealism. If this is bad Jazz, then I am a fool.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett's lyrical best 19 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The 70's gave us the ECM Record label which had it's own school of thought and sound. This timeless recording of a master improviser is at once a moving energetic lullaby and a mysterious meditation. It has been found in my friends music libraries for longer than I care to remember. Jarrett who can be heard vocalizing in the background of Koln Concert, has restrained that dervish here. This is the "go to" disc for travelling on long trips, homework, or love. My enthusiasm for this recording as a sincere listening experience is real. Fans of Brian Eno and John Hassel will find respite here. There is an ambient thing going on in the decay of the keyboards into the sound of the studio. Dig it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hovering Beauty 15 May 2001
By Gavin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Arguably Jarrett has brought more serious music listeners into jazz than any other artist. Brubeck presented a dead end, but Jarrett opened up a world of possibilities for say, rock fans who felt that prog had reached its limits.
'Arbour Zena' was my first Jarrett purchase, when I knew nothing about the Nordic and American quartets from which he plucked Jan Garbarek and Charlie Haden respectively. Highly visual music, it created a style later emulated by many film composers. As another reviewer says here, this is music for many moods: music for wonderment, music to work to, music to feel sorry for yourself to, or music to fall in love to. I played side one of the LP (tracks #1 and #2) much more than side two. But listening again to the CD, I believe both are equally good. If you want a quick impression of what this music is all about, samply track #2, the beautiful and at times highly rhythmic 'Solara March'.
Jarrett was close to his peak as a composer for this. If you like this CD, try out 'Survivors Suite', his masterpiece, which was recorded around the same period but creates a very different world-jazz genre.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 30 May 2001
By Anthony L. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album in the mid 70's during a particularly lonely period of my life. I was introduced to it by a friend that knew I liked various forms of jazz. I had little knowledge of Keith Jarrett and his style. Jarrett's music mirrored my mood and became a part of me. So much so, that I searched for this particular piece of music for twenty five years, until I stumbled upon it recently, by accident, listening to a vast number of titles by this artist. I was instantly transported back to that era through the music of Arbour Zena. I find that point in time has meaning that I cannot describe. I have a sizeable collection of music from that period, but this album is among my favorites.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Restrained Artistry for a Refined Taste 10 Feb 2004
By Dave Deubler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever in the mood for something a little more soothing? This is a recording made for just those occasions. Less frenetic than "Backhand", more accessible than "Fort Yawuh", "Arbour Zena" is Jarrett at his most measured and thoughtful. There are no drums, so the music doesn't really swing, let alone rock, but that doesn't mean there isn't something moving about these three long compositions for piano, bass, sax, and strings.
"Runes" has Jarrett framing chords for the strings, while sax master Jan Garbarek adds sinuous glissandos and Charlie Haden provides drive with the high "chattering" bass assault that he has used to great effect on some of Jarrett's gamelan pieces. The effect is that of an ancient spirit of the veldt speaking to us in fervid, almost menacing tones. "Solara March" wanders through some gentle, delicate themes for while, until Jarrett picks out a solid rhythm and the music starts to move. "Mirrors" is the longest track, the strings starting with a hymn-like, almost fugal structure. There's a more strongly rhythmic passage toward the middle, and a section where piano, sax, and strings are all putting out lines at a more urgent pace, but the overall effect, while beautiful, is more relaxing than exciting.
Jarrett says that the music on this album was composed rather than improvised, although much of it certainly has an improvised feel. One by-product of this is that the sometimes annoying, (and even off-key) accompaniment of Jarrett's thin, squeaky voice is wholly absent here, a fact that some listeners may consider a godsend. Overall, this material is stately, graceful, lyrical, and somehow very reassuring. If you've stayed away from Jarrett because you found him too raucous, this could be the CD that changes your mind. Restrained artistry for a more refined taste.
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