Keith Jarrett - Rio

Keith Jarrett,
piano

CD 1
RIO Part I
RIO Part II
RIO Part III
RIO Part IV
RIO Part V
RIO Part VI

CD 2
RIO Part VII
RIO Part VIII
RIO Part IX
RIO Part X
RIO Part XI
RIO Part XII
RIO Part XIII
RIO Part XIV
RIO Part XV

Recorded April 2011
ECM 2198_99

Rio - Play
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«It takes a while to get over the shock of seeing an ECM Records sleeve as a riot of blazing yellows and reds rather than the usual mysterious monochrome. Then you listen to this solo-piano double album, recorded live only six months ago in Rio, and the outburst makes sense. (…) Warmer and less abstract than his still-remarkable 2006 Carnegie Hall solo show, a constantly changing (and totally improvised) soundscape of rocking African and Latin vamps, fragile love songs, guitar-like blues and sparingly deployed free jazz, Rio represents Jarrett at his most exuberant. Though the spurted, staccato figures and stamping chords of Part 1 suggest an edgy set, the romantic harmonies and gentle trills of Part 2 and its churning, funky successor take the music to more open ground. Wistful ballads give way to township-jazz stomps like early Abdullah Ibrahim, Latin groovers to Cecil Tayloresque free jazz, rocking rural blues, love songs full of internal conversations. For old Jarrett fans and prospective new ones, it’s a must».

John Fordham, The Guardian

 

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