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ECM Touchstones: Facing You

Keith JarrettAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B001BOX2Y0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Keith Jarrett's first album of piano solos and, to many listeners, his best. --New York Times

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TOUCHSTONES: From ECM's 40 Year History. Specially-priced & newly-packaged! Facing You was Keith Jarrett s first-ever solo recording (1972)
An absolute landmark. A new improvisational language.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Signs of Jarrett's Solo Piano Greatness April 29, 2000
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Recorded in 1971, this album has correctly been called a "blueprint" for the legendary solo concert albums that Jarrett subsequently produced. But "Facing You" certainly should be appreciated in its own deservedly caused an enormous commotion in the jazz world when it was released. While it is a studio recording, it also was essentially improvised (recorded in a period of about five hours on a single day) and all of the fiery energy, seamless blending of wildly different musical genres, innovative use of the sustain pedal, and melodic genius that characterize his later work are present here...even his "singing" makes a subtle appearance. This work is highly recommended.
If Beethoven was the great piano improvisor of the 19th century, the title in the 20th century should arguably go to this man. With very few exceptions, one basically cannot go wrong with a Keith Jarrett recording. If you have any affection for piano music, you will love his work...whether your tastes run to jazz, classical, even rock, there's something in Jarrett's music that bridges them all.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite lyricism; could use a little more exuberance December 23, 2004
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In an era when most jazz bands were amping up, this improvised solo acoustic piano album was a refreshing return to the basics of jazz. Jarrett's mastery of this idiom is now taken for granted; his solo concerts are near-legendary, and his recorded output with his trio and quartets amply demonstrates his ability to blend his skills with others, most notably saxophonist Jan Garbarek, but with many other fine musicians as well.

But this is the album that really started it all for Jarrett, and as such it has some historical significance beyond its musical merits, so Jarrett's fans will definitely want to own this one. For more casual listeners, rest assured that this is not an "early works" release - this is a fully realized work by a mature artist, and it still holds up very well today. Jarrett's detractors may be advised that this album contains almost none of the high-pitched (and sometimes annoying) vocalizations with which he's been know to accompany himself, nor does he indulge in any of the obscure Gamelan-style music that mainstream jazz enthusiasts often find so opaque.

What he gives us is 8 tracks of exquisite jazz piano, starting with the masterful "In Front", a 10-minute showcase of Jarrett's delightful ear for melody melded to a bumpy, exhilarating rhythm - an instant classic. While none of the remaining tracks reach that same high energy level, Jarrett does take the opportunity to show his versatility. "Ritooria" is somber and ruminative, while "My Lady; My Child" and "Landscape for a Future Earth" reveal a more delicate and tender side. "Lalene" ebbs and flows, the more interesting segments being those that feature a more deliberate rhythm and a hint of that gospel feel that Jarrett does so well.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett's best August 4, 2004
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For those of you who find the majority of Keith Jarrett's work self-indulgent to the max, this is the cd to get. Not a wasted note--just brilliant songwriting and sustained melodic invention from beginning to end. Beyond stunning. For more indulgence-free Keith Jarrett, check out "Death and the Flower," "Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett," and Airto's "Free" (Keith Jarrett plays electric piano on one or two cuts). If you would like to read more reviews like this, check out
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Jarrett at His Best? July 27, 2001
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The one that started it all. While not an emotional tour-de-force like Vienna or Paris, Facing You's genius lies in the melodic motif; throughout the album Jarrett explores gospel-tinged melodies that are bristling energy. The album is punctuated with concise, masterfully executed movements that never lul for a moment, never bore for a beat or even repeat themselves. Easy to listen to (for almost anyone), this album features a Jarrett going light on vocalizations (there is far more singing than groaning here, and more often-than-note its thankfully in key) and playing some of the happiest, fastest (plenty of dazzling, jazzy and classical-inspired runs) and most interesting improvisation of his solo career, which was literally launched by this album. A MUST have for any jazz piano fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jarrett's best solo piano album October 27, 2004
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I've read over the years countless recommendations of the Koln Concert for Jarrett's solo piano work. But, I think Facing You is the solo piano recording to get if you want to know why Jarrett is a genius. I first got Facing You as an LP back in 1977 and it is as fresh today as it was then. Really a timeless piece of recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond words October 12, 1999
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This (along with Staircase) is probably Keith Jarrett's greatest solo piano effort. The album literally overflows with feeling and passion. Listen to the amazing heights Jarrett reaches on "Starbright" and the sensitive lyricism on "My Lady; My Child." His playing is beautiful and frightening at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless! November 25, 2008
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In my honest opinion,this is Mr. Jarretts most original solo record to date, his knowledge of the piano shines so bright, the ideas flow with originality and purpose. There is no meandering at the piano waiting for an inspiration like some of keiths other solo piano records. My first introduction to keiths music was the Koln Concert which blew me away but I rarely revisit it as much as facing you. Facing You is probably not as improvised as the others,but it's intent is overpowering.His influences from classical to jazz to gospel,boogie wooogie,stride piano etc. are all on this record. If he stopped here on this record alone, his legacy would have still remained intact to this very day. I'm a jazz pianist and composer and when I'm looking for musical inspiration I always come here. Keith Jarret is a genius at the piano and what he has done in terms of the instrument and improvisation is nothing less than extraordinary. Maybe because I am a musician my standards are a little higher than the average listener, but this record set the standard for me and everthing else pales in comparison, but just a little,very little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The place to start with the solo work
Jarrett's work has been multifarious. After working with the Art Blakey ensemble and Charles Lloyd, he settled into a recording career that could be divided into:

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Published 29 days ago by bukhtan
3.0 out of 5 stars not that great
oh well even k.j. makes a lesser product every now and then. if you've never heard his great stuff, you might like it.
Published 1 month ago by epiphyte
5.0 out of 5 stars keith jarrett is a master----so classical and jazzy and funky
I have not had this album for decades. I bought it not sure if it would still hold up but I adore it. It is only piano no other musicians which I like. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
An essential for fans of Keith Jarrett. I have owned this album in various formats since its release years ago, and have never tired of it.
Published 7 months ago by B. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars distilled jazz
After listening to the work Jarrett recorded over decades subsequent to this album, this music comes across to me as sort of a distillation of "pure Jarrett jazz". Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Lance B. Sjogren
4.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett
This album is in a very different field from his amazing, brilliant, and deeply inspired Koln Concert and Arbour Zena. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by LadyLake
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett solo piano recording
I have always preferred this studio recording to his Koln Concert -- my other favorites by him are his Celestial Hawk for Piano and Orchestra -- I also like his Ritual for Solo... Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Gregory A. Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Change in the Course
What cannot be stressed enough is the artistic statement Keith Jarrett made with this 1971 improvisational masterpiece, while the fusion revolution was cranking up and finding a... Read more
Published on May 2, 2009 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars sparkling!
I used to have this album on vinyl, and hadn't heard it in years.
What a great job they did transferring it to CD! Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by Jane Trucksis
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarrett at his best!
Facing You was released in late 1971, just shortly after Expectations, which, it turned out, was Jarrett's farewell to electronic music. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by L. Kilbourne
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