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posted a comment on Mary Coughlan - Tired & Emotional. 18 days ago
Tired And Emotional, the debut from Mary Coughlan is a lot of fun that draws on folk, jazz and blues music, reportedly recorded in Galway in about two days. The opening Double Cross is an accordion led ballad of a cheating man and a broken hearted woman, ... See full review
posted a comment on Mary Coughlan - Under The Influence. 18 days ago
Under The Influence is the second album by Irish singer was released in the Summer of 1987 and was a more ambitious undertaking that moved away from the folk, jazz simplicity of her debut. The album has a lot of cover songs with arrangements that give ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Aura. about 1 month ago
Not the easiest one to listen too it has its moments of sheer power and menace.
posted a comment on Miles Davis - The Man With The Horn. about 1 month ago
It would be great if Sony reissued Miles from 1981 to 1985, the comeback years, as a remastered boxset with any extras they may have and extensive sleevenotes. So what we need is "The Man With The Horn", "We Want Miles", "Star People", "Decoy" "You're ... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Miles Davis At Fillmore. about 1 month ago
This is heavily edited as we all know, but it was issued as Bootleg No.3 in 2014 which is a must have!
posted a comment on Miles Davis - The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions. about 1 month ago
I remember when this came out in 2003 I bought it at a Virgin Megastore. It's got some great music on it and a rhythm section that is funkier than a mosquito's tweeter! I'd safely say I have most of the boxsets now and all the Bootleg series. They really ... See full review
posted a comment on Roxy Music - Avalon. 6 months ago
There is a great remix of Always Unknowing by Cinnamon Chasers from the 'Roxy Music Remixes' with the blue cover.
posted a comment on Roxy Music - Avalon. 6 months ago
As the years have gone by I think Avalon is a masterpiece by the band. The first five albums are a different era and after the break in 1976, where Ferry concentrated on his solo career, 1979's Manifesto is a disappointing comeback that lacks focus and ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette - Setting Standards - New York Sessions. about 1 year ago
This set is a superb account of the Standards trio's first sessions at the Power Station, New York in January 1983. These sessions were released as Standards Vol.1 in 1983, Changes in 1984 and Standards Vol.2 in 1985. The playing and dynamics of this ... See full review
submitted Keith Jarrett - Inside Out. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Works. about 1 year ago
This can be looked at as a sampler on selected works by Jarrett's on ECM work but the fact it does not have any of the Standards Trio on it is a bit strange to say the least when it has two tracks from My Song! It's a bit baffling and for completists!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian - At The Deer Head Inn. about 1 year ago
This is a stunner. Recorded in September 1992 at The Deer Head Inn near Jarrett's house with Gary Peacock and the superb Paul Motian. Things really start to cook in this small venue and this is trio jazz at it's finest.
posted a comment on J. S. Bach* - Keith Jarrett - The French Suites. about 1 year ago
More Bach. Much more solo Harpsichord! It can be hard going!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Vienna Concert. about 1 year ago
A big slab of improvised solo piano that rewards when you immerse yourself in the music.
posted a comment on Dmitri Shostakovich - Keith Jarrett - 24 Preludes And Fugues Op. 87. about 1 year ago
This is nice and moody. One for pondering on life with Jarrett's precise execution rather entertaining.
posted a comment on J. S. Bach*, Keith Jarrett - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch II. about 1 year ago
Book II of the Bach music this time played on harpischord which is a bit of a pity as Book I was played on piano and was far more satisfying simply because of the limited tone of the Harpsochord. This double CD is almost 150 mins! That's a lot of Harpsi!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Paris Concert. about 1 year ago
This one is unusual in that it is one long improvised piece accompanied by the excellent tune titled 'The Wind' and the Jarrett ends the show, well the LP in any case with some 'Blues' which lightens up the seriousness of the main track which can be at ... See full review
posted a comment on J. S. Bach* / Keith Jarrett - Goldberg Variations. about 1 year ago
Another of Jarrett's Back renderings this time on harpsichord, an instrument that can tire the ears when listened to at length. While you can appreciate that Jarrett can very well do what he likes it's more like this is for completists!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - My Song. about 1 year ago
This has some great compositions on it and the atmosphere is pretty relaxed. A fine studio album from Jarrett's European Quartet.
posted a comment on J.S. Bach*, Keith Jarrett - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier Buch I. about 1 year ago
I love the opening I C-Dur which sets the tone for this lovely set.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Personal Mountains. about 1 year ago
The European Quartet burning in Japan in 1979 'Personal Mountains' itself is powerful and when it settles it's a thing of sheer beauty.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Dark Intervals. about 1 year ago
A stark collection but one that can be meditated upon at times. 'Americana' is the standout here for sheer beauty.
posted a comment on J. S. Bach*, Keith Jarrett - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier Buch I. about 1 year ago
This is great. Just enjoy it as it is beautiful.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Book Of Ways. about 1 year ago
This is NOT a Jazz record. This is a Clavichord album and not only that it's a double!!!! It's interesting to hear him coax sounds out of the instrument but the Clavichord is not a pleasant sounding instrument to listen to for too long and certainly not ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Spirits. about 1 year ago
This was recorded on cassette tapes and Jarrett plays the lot himself. It's a bit long winded to say the least and one wonders why ECM were so keen to release it.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Standards, Vol. 2. about 1 year ago
Standards, Vol. 2 is a better LP in my opinion than Vol.1 and I don't know if or in what order the sessions went but it sounds more fluid and has a better flow.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Spheres. about 1 year ago
This is the cut-down version of 'Hymns Spheres' simply titled 'Spheres' for CD in the mid 80s. It has since been giving the full schtick as a double CD!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - Changes. about 1 year ago
I love this album. It's got a mysterious feel to it and some great jazz laying buy the great trio!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette - Standards, Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
This is not actually the start of the Trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, they played together in 1977 on Peacock's 'Tales of Another, one of my favourite albums, but it is the start of something great and after all these years they have made ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Concerts. about 1 year ago
The single LP version has the Bregenz concert and it is superb. eventually I bought the 3LP box set to hear the München concert. It's not as good as the Bregenz but fans will want it anyway. It was never fully issued on CD until 2013.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett, Dennis Russell Davies - Ritual. about 1 year ago
Jarrett wrote the music. Bizarrely Dennis Russell Davies plays it! While this is fine of course, you do get to miss out on the quirks of Jarrett's playing and without that it makes this recording pretty dull. It was recorded in 1977 but not released ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Invocations / The Moth And The Flame. about 1 year ago
Another curiosity. This is a double with Jarrett on pipe organ overdubbing with soprano sax on the first disc and 5 solo piano pieces on the second. The piano is well recorded and often beautiful. As a whole is a strange combination especially as it was ... See full review
posted a comment on G. I. Gurdjieff* - Keith Jarrett - Sacred Hymns. about 1 year ago
A bewildering project to some degree. G. I. Gurdjieff was a mystic and Jarrett felt compelled to complete this project. The music is a little cold at times but it's not an album where he's about to fly off the rails as he keeps it simple and restrained.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - The Celestial Hawk - For Orchestra, Percussion And Piano. about 1 year ago
More orchestra writing and Jarrett himself take to the piano stool. While the music can be a little unmemorable at times it's hard to not think that Jarrett was doing this for his own reasons.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Nude Ants (Live At The Village Vanguard). about 1 year ago
Recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1979 on a 2 track machine this is a little below the usual ECM sound quality. The playing on the other hand is imaginative but there are moments where the vamps can go on too long.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart. about 1 year ago
Jarrett in May 1976 live in Germany with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. It was released a a double LP in 1979 with three sides of music with the fourth side blank! Maybe it was because the writing was on the wall for the 'American Quartet' ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts. about 1 year ago
This is where it gets heavy! When this came out in 1978 it was a 10 LP set! Yes 10 LPs! The CD box set has 6 discs and is a little lighter. There are some great moments here with some chaotic and sporadic playing. Again it's pretty heavy going and you ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Bop-Be. about 1 year ago
The final for Impulse by the 'American Quartet' and Jarrett let the other members write the material. Not so eventful but still it has some charm.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - The Survivors' Suite. about 1 year ago
This is definitely in the top 5 best Jarrett albums and Side 1 'Beginning' is nothing shrt of amazing. The interplay between the musicians of the 'American Quartet' is outstanding. Side 2 'Conclusion' is far rockier but eventually cools down by the end. ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Byablue. about 1 year ago
Another one for Impulse with the 'American Quartet' but there is a lot of percussive stuff on here which don't mean that much or relate that much to jazz.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Staircase. about 1 year ago
People have said that 'Staircase' is the opposite to the Koln Concert. It was recorded in a studio with a good sounding piano and the pieces are shorter. The music may go too far with a double album but there are some excellent moments here and it's very ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Hymns Spheres. about 1 year ago
What do you do when you are one of the top jazz pianists in the word in the mid 70s? You go out on tour and play your hits? Not if you're Keith Jarrett. You go to Germany and play a big old pipe organ and release it on record, a double too mind you! ... See full review
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Arbour Zena. about 1 year ago
Another Orchestra album but this time Jarrett rocks on piano like a demon and Charlie Haden plays some of the best bass of his career, all topped by Garbareks shrieking sax.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Shades. about 1 year ago
Again from the 'Mysteries' sessions. There is some fine ensemble playing here but it's not the best work of the 'American Quartet' by any means.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Mysteries. about 1 year ago
In the mid 70s Jarrett was blasting out albums for Impulse. Some of the music is a bit diffuse and unimaginative but 'Everything That Lives Laments' is worth owning this album for alone.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Death And The Flower. about 1 year ago
More output from Impulse with the Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Some of this seems to sow the seeds for 1976's Survivors' Suite.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert. about 1 year ago
Bad piano! Genius player and improviser. Result? Incredible live album!
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - Backhand. about 1 year ago
Another one for Impulse with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian with Guilherme Franco added on percussion.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett - El Juicio (The Judgement). about 1 year ago
More of the Atlanic 1971 sessions this time with the American Quartet.
posted a comment on Keith Jarrett / Jan Garbarek - Luminessence. about 1 year ago
Two things, firstly, Jarrett does not play on this, he wrote the music. It is played by the Südfunk Symphony Orchestra and Jan Garbarek improvises over it on saxophone. It's not by any means 'jazz' but Jarrett is allowed the freedom simply because ECM ... See full review