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A Multitude Of Angels [4 CD]
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A 4-CD set of recordings from a series of solo concerts in Italy in October 1996, documenting the conclusion of Keith Jarrett's experiments with long-form improvisation in performances from Modena, Ferrara, Turin, and Genova. "These were the last concerts I played having no breaks within each set," Jarrett explains in his liner notes. The arc of the music is characteristically comprehensive: "Jazz is ever present here, alongside my deep closeness with classical music (modern and ancient).
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.83 x 5.28 x 0.83 inches; 6.98 Ounces
- Manufacturer : ECM
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : September 13, 2016
- Label : ECM
- ASIN : B01LZG46LB
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,555 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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When Jarrett performed these concerts, he was suffering from the ravages of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These concerts represent Jarrett’s efforts to confront his illness. With no predetermined agenda, Jarrett reached to the depths of his soul to connect with what he was thinking and feeling at the time, and began an intimate conversation – which he graciously shared initially, with his audience, and now, with the rest of the world.
If you love music, in my view, these performances belong in your library alongside Beethoven’s 9 symphonies. If you love jazz, these performances deserve a place alongside Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s, Blue Train, Sonny Rollins’ Saxophone Colossus, Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debbie, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and, for that matter, Jarrett’s Koln Concert.
But, don’t take my word for it. Check it out & decide for yourself.
Jarrett calls “A Multitude Of Angels” concerts the pinnacle of his career in his self-penned liner notes. Every part has a well organized passage, the course of an event of three or four, introduction, development, turn and conclusion. The introduction of “Modena-Part 1” has a feel of dry, cool air in the winter morning. I’m thinking of an old-fashioned Japanese hot spring resort in the snow season. When he traces these passages to finalize the movement, some warm feeling is appended in his play. He begins “Torino-Part 1” with a somber mood, like visiting an aged temple. Getting gaiety in the following movement, he conclude the tune with an astonishingly short depiction, which revives clear and fresh feeling in our hearts. In a motif of “Genova-Part 1,” it contains familiar tones which reminds me of a water koto cave sound. Jarrett talks about ‘overtones’ during the interview with Chinen. 4CDs are rich in resonance. Jarrett seems to enjoy reverberations, trailing notes, and swelling of every key while stepping up and down the sound stairs. Even a bumping-floor-sound echoes comfortably. Tapping, voicing, and pause steers a movement into a different direction and gets a roll under its own inertia. After struggling and wriggling for a while, he finds a suitable melody for his sensibility of the day. It flows out seamlessly from his fingers as though a dam inside him has broken. Sometimes he starts playfully like abstract painting, yielding himself to passion at the time. Chase-like scampers in “Torino-Part 2” reminds me of a sound track of an old cartoon movie. A rollicksome down-to-earth vamp in “Ferrara- Part 2” is his another characteristic. Through passionate stroking, he finds a sweet tune which purify our minds. “Genova-Part 2,” as in “Ferrara-Part 1,” unfolds a fairy tale world with a poetic sentiment. A Spanish flavored melody in the middle morphs into a solemn music like a funeral procession. Jarrett’s humming sounds like sutra chanting. He finishes with wood fish like sounds. A funky boogie-woogie vamp takes us to a dreamy “Over The Rainbow.” Every concert is connected with each other. Four concerts in total record who and how Jarrett was in ’96.
1 - you like piano music
2 - you like to challenge your system
These discs do both, with a vengeance. The problem with recorded piano, even a few ECM, is that it sounds like recorded piano. Jarrett did this simply with a couple of mikes and a DAT machine. The piano has both serious frequency range and dynamic range. The early Mercury Living Presence analog tapes (35mm) handled both, but with some tape hiss. Jarrett stays mainly in the mid-range, as is common, but he throws harmonics at your system that will make weak parts rattle and hum; you don't want to hear that.
Not everyone is a fan of his solo discs, but these really are special. His noise is generally at a minimum, in terms of frequency, but due to the miking, you'll hear him quite clearly when he does. Part of the process, of course. If these were Joe Sixpack's Etudes for Juveniles, the quality of the sound wouldn't mean much. If you didn't know he wasn't reading from a page turner, you'd swear he was.
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Dass jetzt erst dieses gigantische Album mit vier CDs erscheint, auf dem Keith Jarretts Konzerte im Oktober 1996 in Modena, Ferrara, Turin und Modena versammelt sind, ist meines Erachtens kein Zufall. Denn diese Aufnahmen, von Keith Jarrett mit dem eigenen Bandgerät und nur wenigen Mikrofonen in penibler Aussteuerung ungefiltert und ungeschönt aufgenommen, präsentieren gleichsam Jarretts soloimprovisatorisches Schaffen wie im Brennglas fokussiert. Alles, was man bereits in den großen Alben zuvor gehört, erlebt und bewundert hat, vom legendären, jazzigen Köln Concert über die vertrackten Tokio-Aufnahmen, das barock-sphärische Paris Concert oder etwa das bestürzend atonale, aufreibende Konzert an der Mailänder Scala, all das findet sich in diesen vier recht intimen Konzertmitschnitten versammelt.
Dass Keith Jarrett sie jetzt veröffentlicht, zwanzig Jahre nach dem großen Bruch und einem mühsamen Neuanfang für ihn als Pianist, als Improvisateur, als Musiker, ja als Mensch, das ist wirklich ein Glücksfall. Und wer ihn in München erlebt hat, weiß: Heute ist Keith Jarrett noch weit mehr, als was man auf "A Multitude of Angels" hören kann!
Das Album wird von einem kleinen Heftchen komplettiert, in dem Keith Jarrett die Bedeutung dieser letzten vier Konzerte vor seinem Zusammenbruch erklärt, und in dem man einen der seltenen wörtlichen Einblicke in das Innenleben dieses Ausnahmepianisten erhält. Außerdem gibt es noch eine ausführliche Diskografie mit allen ECM-Aufnahmen aus nunmehr vierzig Jahren – da sind für jeden, Jarrett-Fan oder -Neuentdecker, noch Lücken zu füllen!
Diese Musik verlangt nach Zeit, und man sollte ihr Raum geben. Raum, den Jarretts Konzerte jedesmal aus dem Profanen in das Besondere entrücken.
ascolto keith jarret da una quarantina d' anni e potrei non essere attendibile.
per me rimane , con pochi altri, un musicista imprescindibile.
ovviamente per chi ama la buona musica.
i concerti del cofanetto sono una testimonianza della geniale creatività di un pianista unico.
In interviews in various magazines, Jarrett has described these four concerts as "the pinnacle" of his abilities and creativity. And that they truly are. I have every CD and LP ever issued by ECM of Jarrett's music, and I listen to them regularly, and I can honestly say that these four CDs are transcendental. This music is, for lack of a better word, intense. You get drawn into each of the lengthy (roughly 30 minute) movements, revel in the complexity and harmonic intricacies while marvelling at the way this music sounds. These are stupendous performances, certain to be the reference against which others are judged, and this box of 4 CDs is a must-have for anyone who's enjoyed any of Jarrett's solo performances.
Yes, Jarrett is vocalizing on these discs, and yes, it can be distracting, but that's a small price to pay for the brilliance exhibited here. This is Jarrett at his best. No question.
Comunque c'è tutto quello che ci vuole per ascoltarlo e farsi anche un pò trasportare in questa sintesi di composizione/improvvisazione/tradizione.
Un geniaccio. Una musica imperdibile.
Unico difetto (non di Jarrett): l'mp3 scaricato è un pò difesttoso. Non sono andato in fondo alla cosa, quindi potrebbe essere stato un difetto della linea ma non sono un esperto, perchè subito sono arrivati i cd e ho scaricato sul pc da lì. Però se dovete acquistare solo l'mp3 meglio che chiediate lumi.