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The Survivor's Suite [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (14 Jun. 1994)
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00008F0X2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Disc: 1

  1. Survivor's Suite: Beginning
  2. Survivor's Suite: Conclusion

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Format: Audio CD
In my CD collection, I have many from the 70s and 80s whose qualities diminish each time I pull them out for another spin. ("What on earth did I see in that one??" is a familiar lament.)
Not the SURVIVOR'S SUITE. I must have played it a thousand times over the years, and each time I hear new things in this outstanding album. It's the usual purchase history: taped it off a friend at uni in 1977, persuaded my brother to buy it on LP in the vac, bought my own copy of the CD in the 80s, still waiting for ECM to reissue on SACD (or at least remastered) in the 00s.
Not for nothing was this voted the Medlody Maker's Jazz Album of the Year in 1977.
I just finished playing it again today, and my area of intrigue is another tiny detail: was it over-dubbed? This would be unusual for a Jarrett album, but there are passages where Jarrett appears to be playing both soprano sax and bass recorder. (And you thought this was going to be just another piano album?!)
The extraordinary thing about this album -- which has always been in my all-time Top Ten -- is that there are passages which I regard as almost unlistenable. But those noisy, free-jazz sections serve only to accentuate the total beauty of the quiet pieces which follow them.
There is so much going on in this album. There's more than a hint of world music. Paul Motian's drum-playing is extraordinary, and a source of inspiration for anyone worried that their creativity might dry up in the forties. Haden's bass is fantastic -- utterly dependable whenever Jarrett needs to swing, yet rich in emotion when required to perform a solo or the closing coda of each track. Redman, though primarily a saxophone player, actually gets to play more percussion than sax on this album.
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Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1977 with Jarretts classic group with Dewey Redman on Tenor, Charlie Haden on Bass and Paul Motian on Drums. The Survors Suite is basically one piece of music: Beginning/Conclusion.
The maintheme is so haunting with Jarrett on soprano sax alongside Redman before moving to piano. Redman then proceeds to remind everyone what a brilliant sax player he is. It is intense, passionate and beautiful music.
Conclusion starts off with a rumbustious passage again featuring some impassioned honking and wailing from the remarkable Redman. Motian then cuts loose before Jarrett wades in with some exquisite ivory tinkling. There is some more soprano sax and bass recorder before the main theme returns interspersed with the theme from the start of Conclusion. It is just an incredible musical journey.
This group made several fine albums in the 70s but this one and Death Of A Flower are the pick of an excellent crop. Buy now.
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This studio recording of Jarretts 'American' quartet from the mid seventies is a remarkable piece of work. It is that particualar groups most focused effort. After the moody and percussive intro of 'Begining' the melody of the saxes and flutes strong and confident. The highlight of this track is Haden's bass solo accompanied by Jarrrets chimes. The bass is precice and powerful. Pure wood. Track two 'Conclusion' opens with the whole band flailing like crazy around Paul Motians beats and Dewey Redman's chainsawlike firebrand sax. Jazz and Grunge if you like. It steadies out after this in a nice ride down from the mountain. Probably my favourite Keith Jarrett album and I have them all. ALAN MURRAY
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I purchased this recording on LP when it first came out and also when it became available on CD.Firstly I must say that the music would have far less impact if the recording quality was less than OUTSTANDING.Being an unapologetic Audiophile I have to say that the Engineering on this and ALL Martin Wieland record dates is of exemplary quality,especially on good old vinyl.To digress for a moment,an Analogue, Wieland,TonStudio Bauer recording rates up there with Analogue ,Eddie Offord,Advision dates with Yes and ELP.This was and IMHO still is the standard to which all recording engineers should strive.Only Walter Quintus/Ztudio Zerkall match this with the work he did for CMP in the 80's and 90's.Anyway to get back to the Music! What can I add that Mr Gavin Wilson hasn't already eloquently written.This is the finest ECM RECORDING IN THEIR ENTIRE CATALOGUE.Yes Mr Jarrett overdubs himself at certain moments,like they used to do in the good old Prog days.This HAS to be listened to in it's entirety, starting at "Beginning"(!) and with intense concentration for the next, nearly, 50 minutes.Played on a good system and at a good sound level the music leaves me totally drained and euphoric every time I play it.This is as good as it gets really.Jarrett's piano playing ,especially on "Conclusion" has never been equalled,let alone beaten,for sheer transcendental ecstasy as well as accuracy in intonation,control,etc.The man deserves to accompany himself with his usual vocal mannerisms! As John Mclaughlin said,"If God exists then Music is the face of God" and this recording is ample proof of that.Amen
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With it's cryptic title and eerie front cover photograph, you know you are in for a mysterious, musical treat and this album does not disappoint! As a drummer, I realise that playing at the limits of structure is very difficult, but creates an unsettling tension which makes for worthwhile listening. This is true of all the players and is probably Jarrett's greatest contribution to Jazz, whether it's just him playing shedloads of solo piano (The superb 'Koln Concert' etc etc) or in groups, as is the case here. However, the atmospheric, imaginative, emotional quality is equally important and this is one of his best efforts in this respect.
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