Please note, this is a review of the 'Mysteries/Shades: Impulse! 2-on-1 edition', released in October 2011.
This disc is a great introduction to Jarrett's 'American Quartet'. For those already familar with this group, it's a relief to see these recordings back in distribution.
These two albums were born out of the same 1975 recording sessions, so it makes sense to find them together on a single disc. They complement one another nicely.
I've been complaining for a while that a number of Jarrett's quartet recordings, such as these, are hard to come by. For many years some have only been issued in Japan, and ordering 'import' discs is often extremely expensive. So, how lucky to be able to buy two albums at such a giveaway price (my copy was pre-ordered for £4.99).
NB: Beat Goes On Records also reissued these two albums as a two-disc set in June 2013.
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Great deal for lovers of Keith. Some of his lesser known tunes here and a super price. Impulse published most if not all of the Jazz giants of the fifties sixties and seventies and I'll be looking for more of their 2 on 1 reissues.