What does it sound like?:
This four cd set collects four solo piano performances recorded in Italy in 1996. Chronologically these follow the La Scala set recorded in 1995, and mark Jarrett’s final shows in this part of his career – there followed a two year break while he struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome. These are also the final shows in which he experimented with long form unbroken improvisations such as these.
Recorded straight onto DAT by Jarrett himself with no engineer or producer, he writes in the copious liner notes that these performances mark the pinnacle of his solo career. Listening to the music on these discs, it’s easy to understand why. It’s difficult to describe in any meaningful sense the music contained in these improvisations – the two sets performed at each show sometimes vary in style, but the music is always full of emotion and passion.
Each concert is represented in full, including encores, giving almost five hours of blissful ecstatic music ….. and Danny Boy and Over The Rainbow have never sounded so good either!
A sublime listening experience without doubt.
What does it all *mean*?
Maybe not one for the casual listener, but » Continue Reading.