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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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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00002EPJH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Part of the ECM masterpiece collection. Comes in a SHM-CD format. Limited edition.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Well, it's exactly what it says on the tin, perhaps--another album of quiet solo piano music from the doyen of quiet solo piano music--but there's an intense, rather spooky strangeness to much of what's going on here. The tone is set by the opening of the first piece, which focuses on slow, attenuated arpeggios strangely reminiscent of, of all things, some of John Cage's solo (unprepared) piano pieces, knowing in their simplicity. Elsewhere, when Jarrett wanders off into the sophisticated lounge music which his followers regard as sublime but which others simply find exasperating, his right hand produces parodic melodies that fold back into themselves in a manner which evokes another composer from the American avant-garde tradition, Robert Ashley. Step away from these details and it almost seems as if Jarrett is setting out to imitate and subvert those with whom he's occasionally compared--try playing this back-to-back with a Harold Danko solo recording--and the results manage to be both subdued, refined and delicate while at the same time eerily claustrophobic, like the opening scenes of Blue Velvet. Jarrett fans will want this anyway; others will at least find it interestingly odd. --Roger Thomas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This solo Piano album from Keith Jarrett is another reminder of the mans remarkable talents. As can be seen from the track listing these are all standards and Jarrett plays them as I have never heard him play before or since. These renditions are almost like recitals. I don't know how much improvisation there is on this album, but I suspect it is less than usual. The reason for this is that the recordings were the first he made during his recovery from the debilitating illness he suffered in the mid 1990's. In fact initially they were recorded only for his Wife and not neccessarily for commercial release.

Jarretts beautiful touch, phrasing and occasionally, such as on "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" his marvellous improvising skills are demonstrated to great effect. Really writing about this is futile, to appreciate this great album you need to listen to it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By inkster on 10 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
What started life as a christmas present is one of the most honest sincere, heartfelt and musical albums I have ever heard. There is also no grunting and groaning here.
To me another huge Plus.
Enaugh said!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderfully atmospheric recording. Few things are more beautiful than an unadorned piano, and Jarrett keeps his lines simple and his focus on the melody. The results are truly lovely: this is a perfect album for dreaming, whether alone or with a lover. Its simplicity is haunting, and those who appreciate it most will understand that simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Perry on 3 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Knowing the context in which these recordings were produced (see previous review) deepens the poignancy evoked by such beautiful playing, but they stand up alone and on their own merits, from the first track to the last. There's delicacy here that's so fragile it almost hurts, but also a strength of purpose that's invigorating. As the title suggests, this is a wonderful late-night disc; personal, mellow, shimmering and very, very moving. It restores one's faith in the ability of human beings to bring meaning to our troubled world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Thie CD will grow and grow on you. Yes it lacks the grunts and groans which are more usually associated with Kieth Jarrett, however, open up to it and what you get is a delicate and reflective CD which displays Kieth Jarrett's gentler piano skills full of inflection and sensitivity.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stars on 23 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
Absolute Stunning interpretations by Keith. Simplicty is the most difficult playing, and this is great! , not one single note out of place. Remarkable indeed! Maybe not suitable for lisiteners who prefer a kind of showy or circus exhibitionist playing, but suitable for the real piano lovers who know how difficult it is to put even one right note in the right place. A monument!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
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There is no question that The Melody at Night with You is a reverential nod in the direction of Bill Evans, one of Keith Jarrett's major influences. Nevertherless, the way in which he plays 'I'm through with Love' and the stunning opening rendition of 'I loves you Porgy' suggests that he has returned to music refreshed following his enforced lengthy lay-off.
This album goes well with a loved one and a glass of wine, but equally would do well if you were on your own. The solo piano album always has an 'after hours' feel to it and this is no exception: the way in which the listener is offered a warm pair of slippers and a comfortable chair in front of an open fire should not to be passed up. Great music, superbly played and recorded - Jarrett's usual peripheral squeals and humming are conspicuous by their absence, but they are not missed. This recording should go down as one of Jarrett's most accomplished and most contented.
This is the sort of recording you will find yourself returning to over and over again; it will send you to sleep for the all the right reasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Green on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This album was recorded by Jarrett as he was recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome in the late 1990s and is in many ways quite uncharacteristic of his usual work. The songs are played as straight-up melodies (as the title would suggest) with little or no improvisation, the pacing is slow and reflective, and his characteristic singing is absent. It was not critically popular, but for me it works admirably as what it is - an offering of romantic and restful melodies played with impeccable style and technique.

If I were to use one word to describe the feeling of these tracks it would be "wistful". Not sad or melancholy, but quiet with a sense of hope and calm. It may be considered as one of his "lesser" outings, but it's still one of my favourite recordings, and one that I listen to frequently, particularly late at night.
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