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, 8 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Vienna Concert (Audio CD)
FIrst of all, I can't believe there are only four reviews for this seminal recording.
I've owned a copy ever since it was released - and to me, it's the finest of Keith Jarrett's solo recordings. The first half is just sublime, and so well balanced you'd almost think he'd worked out the ideas in advance (!). A meditative groove opens up and doesn't modulate for 15 minutes - Jarrett lovingly explores it in a way I can only describe as a prolonged caress. Then, the music shifts, and loses any tonal centre, before he unleashes the most incredible torrent of notes that gradually assemble themselves into a huge tune - it's like a massive flock of migrating birds that despite the confusion, make beautiful patterns. The closing minutes become a hymn.
If I had my way, I'd have this played at my funeral, and insist that they played every last bloody note!
It doesn't matter what this music is: it's essential, life-affirming, and deserves an hour of your best quiet attention.
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