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The Melody at Night, With You

Keith JarrettAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ... Read more in Amazon's Keith Jarrett Store

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00002EPJH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This solo recording is a fitting coda for Keith Jarrett's more restrained, less prolific output in the 1990s. The fitful vamps and long, ruminative improvisations that made Jarrett a solo piano star in the '70s are here either stillborn or tightly tethered to classic melodies from the likes of Gershwin and Ellington, yet there is not the slightest hint of repression. Instead, Jarrett sprinkles notes and brings the familiar strains of "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Someone to Watch over Me" to bloom with a dynamic but resonantly earth-toned vibrancy. Rarely has the pianist kept his music so simple and free of pageantry. Audible moans and shenanigans with the piano's sustain pedal are held to a minimum, and even brawny, sing-along stuff like "Shenandoah" and "My Wild Irish Rose" never lapse into sloppy sentimentality--indeed, Jarrett's two-handed caress of the latter song is so delicately self assured, the tune seems to play itself. Among the 10 tracks, only "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" finds the pianist stretching into busy (but still crisp) extended passages. Yes, there are moments when Melody's shimmering standards exude the glazed predictability of cocktail music in a hotel lobby. But those are far outnumbered by the cherished occasions when Jarrett's romanticism rings true. --Britt Robson

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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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We Germans like to quote Goethe - so let me start out with a free translation of a Goethe quote that comes to my mind when I think of this CD: "A true master proves himself when his means are limited."
Of course the circumstances under which this CD was produced (Jarret's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) have been (ab-)used by the record company (and by himself?) to hype up this album quite a lot. So until I actually had listened to the CD, I was quite sceptical about what to expect here. Did Jarret simply record some cocktail bar tunes, only presenting them in a pseudo-sophisticated fashion? The plain and simple answer is "anything but that". Every single track on this album is truely deep, inspired and meditative in the best way - only a very superficial listener can confuse this album with bar music. The songs on this CD may be played in bars, too - but never in Jarret's way. While bar music only pretends to be truely felt and meaningful - certain amounts of alcohol might be required for the listener to believe so, too - this music does the opposite: It does not have a certain fake sentimental attitude, but it simply sounds out simple and truthful. At first, one might be tempted to get a nice glass of wine (or a cup of coffee) ready, sit in an armchair, and try to just "hang loose" while listening. The thing is, though, that the music won't let you! Moreso, it does the opposite: It forces you to listen very, very closely - and what you'll hear you'll find amazing: Simple classic tunes played in a way that is never overdone, never superficial, but that reflects what can't easily be put into words and thus makes us play and listen to music at all: Truths about ourselves, the way we perceive outside and inside worlds...
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano...memories...and the time with you. March 9, 2000
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Finally there's a solo piano album in my collection that can match John McArthur's `HIDDEN', Brad Mehldau's "Elegiac Cycle", Bill Evans' "Alone" and Keith Jarrett's legendary "Koln Concert". It's Keith Jarrett's `The Melody At Night With You'. Haven't heard such a great piano solo album in years. "The Melody At Night With You" was a revelation to me. Jarrett finally prooves that he CAN be the kind of piano player we new he could be. He tones down his signature moans and grunts, his beating of the piano and he plays, honestly and sincere. As a gift to his wife, Jarrett's playing takes your breath away. His playing is daring and adventurous, and because he has a perfect sense of structure as well, he never gets lost and keeps everything in perfect balance. And on top of this, his playing is deeply moving. I hear a lot of McArthur and Evans in Jarrett's playing on this album, but, much more important, I hear foremost a pianist with a distinct style of his own, that is warm and not pretentious. He is distinct. You will not regret buying this album.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JARRETT SCORES March 24, 2002
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In one of the most beautiful piano jazz albums I own, Keith Jarrett takes eleven standard songs about love and gives them a nighttime, quiet-by-the-fireplace treatment. He was obviously inspired/influenced by jazz pianists like Bill Evans and Barbara Carroll to name just two, but this album is certainly not a re-tread. It is an original.
Jarrett can do almost anything on the piano. I not only own some of his wonderful jazz recordings like "Whisper Not," but also classical recordings of works by Shostakovitch and Haydn. Everything Jarrett records comes out golden.
Every tune on this CD is special, but I particularly enjoyed the Gershwins' "I Loves You, Porgy" and Oscar Levant's "Blame It On My Youth" (a gorgeous song with a great lyric which, sadly, so few people sing or play). The American folksong "Shenandoah" is given a lovely, surprising arrangement by Jarrett. This album is a treasure. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent new release by a man who understands silence October 23, 1999
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Keith Jarrett- The Melody At Night, With You (ECM 1675) Jarrett at his breath takingly best. Ten standards, or as Jarrett would say, ten love songs, and one meditation thrown in for good measure, played with great elegance and dignity as only Jarrett is able to do. This rates in my books as one of his most personal recordings, along with Tokyo 96, as well as Koln Concerts, which I funnily enough never play anymore, except on those special occasions, when I want to remember how much ECM means to me. There is a certain sadness at times to this music, Jarrett in what I feel is a somewhat reflective mode. It has an almost live feel at times, and you almost expect the imaginary audience to wildly applause its appreciation. But then again, it's a reflection on Jarrett that what you get on a studio recording of his is more often than not just as beautiful to listen to live. After having battled with CFS for some time, it's really wonderful to hear this modern master back in the studio (his own this time, not ECM) paying homage to Gershwin,Ellington, Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, as well as Sammy Cahn. Gershwin's I Loves You Porgy is exquisitely played, and even though he has covered tunes like Someone To Watch Over Me, or even Blame It On My Youth on a number of occasions on different recordings, it's great to hear it again and again. Beautiful melodies, fantastic phrasings and key changes. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, plays it like this man. And as an added bonus, for all those people that can't stand his vocalizing while playing, on this recording. it's pretty much non existent It strikes me as 'old music', tunes that no longer seem to be covered by musicians, eg Shenandoah, an old sea shanty, given new life by Jarrett, or Sammy Cahn's Be My Love. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very intimate, loving piano music
Beautiful piano. Some people criticize this album because Keith Jarrett tones down his playing style a bit (mainly because he was dealing with an illness at the time). Read more
Published 1 month ago by BertLovesErnie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Melody At Night, With You Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett personifies the ultimate in a jazz musician, and in his case, as a jazz pianist. He has so much heart and demonstrates the creative interpretations in his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frank J. Consolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Jarrett at his most sensitive
Solo piano, familiar standards. His tone, touch, and sensitivity are unsurpassed. This is a quiet collection of his talent, and it goes straight to your heart. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Masuda
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, the best music can offer
Keith Jarrett is a modern master of the piano, of jazz explorations, and of a subtlety and wit rarely heard in other pianists. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael E. Nader
3.0 out of 5 stars Good under the circumstances
This was the first recording Keith Jarrett did after a three year illness which took a lot out of him. All short standards, no originals. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Oznoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarrett at his best.
This is a much more melodic sound than some of his improvisation. A master of the keyboard he will lull you. Wonderful arraignments!
Published 10 months ago by Dennis F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
A perfectly relaxing, beautiful cd! I love to put it on after work and relax into the beautiful and harmonious melodies.
Published 14 months ago by Kristina
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music
I really enjoy the blend of muswic and the melody. It is soothing and rich in tone. There is no harshness or agression in the music and it is wonderful to listen to after a long... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Oly W. Weichstadt
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for a friend
I liked this CD a lot so I purchased it for a friend. I hope they like the music in the CD as much as we did.
Published 18 months ago by Juan Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Beauty
This solo album done when Jarrett was dealing with chronic fatique syndrome is precious. Simply put, there are very few people who can get as much feeling out of the piano as this... Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Linn
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