The Impulse Years 1973-1974 Box set, Import
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KEITH JARRETT The Impulse Years 1973-1974 (1997 US 29-track FIVE CD collection including Fort Yawuh Treasure Island Death And The Flower & Backhand with no fewer than nine previously unreleased tracks and three tracks in unedited form for the first time complete with extensive twenty four page booklet & fat jewel case picture sleeve in outer picture slipcase IMPD5-237)
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I have had this box for many years - it consists the albums "Fort Yawuh" (2CDs), "Treasure Island", "Death & The Flower", and "Backhand". There are 9 originally unreleased tracks with another 3 having additional music to the original release.
The albums are really Jarrett's "American Quartet" consisting of Dewey Redman (sax),Charlie Haden (bass),Paul Motian (drums) with some additional help from Sam Brown (guitar on Treasure Island) and some extra percussion from Guilherme Franco and Danny Johnson. There is a 22 page booklet with the box and the music is best summed up with a quote from it "The music contained in this brimming collection of "sounds-of-delight", while still at the cutting edge of small group improvisation,is, it should be stressed, immediate in it's appeal"
There are some "difficult" pieces contained within the set, but overall, it's a marvellous collection - far more accessible than the second Impulse box Mysteries - Impulse Years 1975-76 which I also possess.
So if you're a Jarrett fan, get this one while it's still a reasonable buy!
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Though the group also recorded for Atlantic, Columbia and ECM, the bulk of their work was done on the Impulse label. This box set packages the first four Impulse albums (Fort Yawuh, Treasure Island, Death and the Flower, and Backhand) on 5 CDs; each album showcases a different facet of the band's personality. Conveniently for LP-philes, the albums are presented on separate discs by initial running order (rather than chronologically, by session). The packaging is nice and compact -- a double jewel case holds all 5 CDs and fits into a neat slipcase.
Fort Yawuh, on the first two CDs, lets the group stretch out live at the Village Vanguard -- most of the tunes are between 10 and 20 minutes. Treasure Island (disc 3) is the most accessible and rock-influenced; most of the tunes have strong backbeats and two tracks feature electric guitar. Death and the Flower is more reflective and revolves around the magnificent, organic group improvisation of the title track. Disc 5, Backhand, showcases the band at its jazziest; this may be my favorite album by the group.
Since at most 2 of the albums are currently available domestically (Death and the Flower may be going out of print), this box set is probably the best investment for someone interested in this music. It is probably less expensive than the four albums would be individually. At any rate, any fan of Jarrett or post-bop jazz should hear this music is some form. People who like this set should also check out the classic "Survivor's Suite" (on ECM) and the 4 CD set of 1975-76 Impulse material titled "Mysteries".
I cut my teeth on this stuff. Long before I got into Miles Davis, this was the stuff. I got the LPs cut-rate at department stores and soaked it in - oh, bitter satisfaction that I could have this joyous music so cheap, and others so utterly didn't appreciate it..
Keith is pretty tame today compared to this. Dewey Redman, Joshua's daddy, shines to the nth degree...
Impulse Years 19373-19
There's already a review at Amazon US that describes the cheaper packaging of this new set.
I have noticed lower prices for this new box elsewhere (Amazons in Europe, for example).