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The Impulse Years 1973-1974 Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000003NA7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (If The) Misfits (Wear It)
  2. Fort Yawuh
  3. De Drums
  4. Still Life, Still Life
  5. (If The) Misfits (Wear It)

Disc: 2

  1. Whistle Tune
  2. Spoken Introduction
  3. Angles (Without Edges)
  4. Roads Traveled, Roads Veiled
  5. De Drums (Excerpt)
  6. Melting The Ice

Disc: 3

  1. The Rich (And The Poor)
  2. Blue Streak
  3. Fullsuvollivus (Fools Of All Of Us)
  4. Treasure Island
  5. Introduction And Yaqui Indian Folk Song
  6. Le Mistral
  7. Angles (Without Edges)
  8. Sister Fortune
  9. Death And The Flower

Disc: 4

  1. Death And The Flower
  2. Prayer
  3. Great Bird
  4. Prayer

Disc: 5

  1. Inflight
  2. Kuum
  3. Vapallia
  4. Backhand
  5. Victoria

Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
Whilst browsing, I noticed that this 5 CD box is available again, but with no review, so here goes.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8da18b54) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d5b1390) out of 5 stars It's good for you... better than milk! 10 Mar. 2002
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though it never achieved the popularity of the Standards Trio, the European Quartet, or his solo performances, Keith Jarrett's American "Quartet" was one of his most exciting groups. Jarrett, tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian were all strong musical personalities, but the creative tension they generated was conducive to some great music that "thought outside the box". It tied together a wide array of seemingly incompatible strands in modern jazz: the loose, quirky free-bop of Ornette Coleman ("Misfits", "Angles"), the romantic lyricism and harmonic richness of Bill Evans ("Still Life, Still Life", "Prayer"), and the groovy, gospel-infused soul jazz of Bobby Timmons and Cannonball Adderley ("De Drums", "Le Mistral"). It also drew on traditions outside jazz: Asian and African music ("Roads Travelled, Roads Veiled", "Kuum"), 20th century classical, and even hints of rock'n'roll ("Treasure Island"). And when the Quartet was not satisfied with the traditional jazz instruments, they tried others: Jarrett played soprano sax, Redman played a Chinese musette, and every member of the group played odd percussion. (The group usually included one or two additional percussionists.)
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".
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0f736c) out of 5 stars Amazing creative music 16 Mar. 2001
By RnB freak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Admittedly this kind of jazz will not appeal to those whose idea of great music is Celine Deion, but it will reward those who have ears to hear the incredible interplay between the players on these recordings. If you like a lot of Ornette Coleman`s work, you will find much to love here. I am also a fan of Keith`s more "inside" work with DeJohnette and Gary Peacock as well as many of his ECM releases. But this stuff is, to my ears, the most challenging (ie. it takes a little work to get into) and the most rewarding.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d18e8a0) out of 5 stars Wonderful 8 Oct. 2006
By Kevin Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm not a big Keith Jarrett fan at all, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I got this on a friend's recommendation. This has some of the best Dewey Redman I've ever heard. Definitely a must-have, especially for Ornette fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1be6cc) out of 5 stars If you love Jazz that cuts deep and doesn't go for radio play, this is it 21 May 2011
By A. Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my view, this is the ultimate 70s explorative jazz anthology. Don't forget the 2nd box set, it's just as good.

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...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d7df660) out of 5 stars There is a recent single box with both of the Impulse Years boxes 15 Feb. 2014
By Octave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prospective buyers might wish to know about a 9cd box released by Universal Music Italia in 2013, which contains all of the material from both of the Impulse Years boxes (1973-74 and 1975-76). It's packaged in three old-school fat multi-disc jewelcases in a cheap slipcase, with a liner notes booklet in English. Nothing in the booklet suggests that there is new mastering for the 2013 set.
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).
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