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Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ... Read more in Amazon's Keith Jarrett Store

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An early classic!! 22 Mar 2002
By "frankied20" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was thrilled to find this old classic re-issued on c.d. I think it documents an interesting period of the band between the early Keith Jarrett trio recordings and the later "american quartet" recordings. Like many of Jarrett's recordings of this period it contains a great mixture of compositions and improvisations. A must for people interested in the early music of Jarrett- and it's worth listening to just to check out Charlie Haden playing the wah-wah pedal!
A Classic record with Jarrett at his most screw-loose creative and his best band 22 Feb 2014
By Mark Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
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This record is awesome. I first heard it on a memorial broadcast on WKCR-FM (New York, Columbia University radio) for Paul Motian, the dynamic drummer. It hails from 1971, a watershed year for music, a time when anything goes, everything is permitted. The songs are brilliant, integrating improvisation, great songs, and an all-for-one-one for-all approach to the music. the title track is sweet, starting as a duet with Jarrett and Dewey Redman on tenor. Jarretts's harmonic colors are the perfect foil for Redman's Texas soul jazz. Bassist Charlie Haden and Motions enter on Jarrett's solo. Jarrett rocks the soprano sax and his interplay with Dewey Redman is stellar. "Spirit" the third track, is the opposite of "Birth". It's a free form journey with percussion and Redman playing musette. Otherworldly, in a word. Motian's drums, on this, and other tracks, provide textures and colors, a precursor to his later work where he eschews virtually all traditional drum styles in favor of pure invention and coloration.

The highlight for me is the second cut, "Montage" which caught my ear on the radio. It features only the second known (to me) track where Charlie Haden plays electric stand up bass through a wah-wah pedal! It is the nastiest, funkiest sound known to man! Jarrett plays the tastiest sax. Motian plays rock drums in a delicate, loping groove, at once gentle, tasty and intense. How does he do it? Redman gets soulful when it's his turn and Jarrett contributes yelps and squeaks as accompaniment. The whole record is crazy like that, and sweet. For those who find Jarrett's recent work too highfalutin de classe and arty farty, this is the record for you. He was still in the thrall of Miles Davis, experimentation and youthful testosterone. And the other three players are in the height of their powers also. "Birth" is killin', yo.
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Dark, Brooding Stuff 21 Feb 2003
By The Mascara Snake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A good example of George Avakian produced, Atlantic-era Keith Jarret. By this time the guys had picked up Dewey Redman and expanded to a quartet (for better or worse). I personally prefer this band as a trio, don't get me wrong, I really like Dewey it's just that...wait, what am I saying? Dewey Redman beats the living snot out of Jan Garbarek in Jarret's "European band" of the 70's...on second thought, Dewey is great! For me this isn't what I would call one of their best sessions (maybe I'll change my mind later after more listening) but it's certainly a good one. A lot of dark, very introspective, conceptual stuff here. And yes, the track "Mortgage On My Soul" contains the FABLED Charlie Haden wah-wah upright bass! Back in those days, it seems like people wouldn't hesitate to run ANYTHING thru a wah-wah pedal. Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Horns...Hell, I've even seen a picture of the Dutch drummer Pierre Corbois from that era with his drums mic-ed and fed into a ring modulator and a wah-wah! I'm glad that those days are over now, but Haden's bass is one of the most intense wah-wah experiences I've ever had!
If you like Jarret's music then I'm sure you will like this album, if you are just getting into Jarret, don't waste your money on the stuff that Jan Garberek ... all over, (no offense to any of the other musicians in that band) there's plenty of other stuff that show's that this man does have talent, a whole lot of it, and there are even quite a few albums out there where it dosen't sound like he is continuously being
"Porked" while he is playing!
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