What does it sound like?:
This two cd set presents Jarrett’s concert in Venice from July 2006. It marks a return to the solo piano improvisational format, which for me is his forte. Indeed, one of the best examples of these was also recorded in Italy, at La Scala way back in 1995. However, each of these types of performance exists entirely in its own world, on this occasion taking the form of eight spontaneously created pieces which occupy the bulk of the two discs. These pieces run the whole range from atonality to blues to jazz to folk, with even a bit of opera thrown into the mix at one point, as he interjects part of The Sun Whose Rays, from The Mikado. There are three encores after the main event, the traditional Celtic tune My Wild Irish Rose, a jaunty interpretation of the jazz standard Stella By Starlight and a subdued but strangely satisfying take on his own tune Blossom, taken from his 1974 Belonging set. Is genius too strong a word for this man? Certainly, his brilliance burns as brightly as ever on here.
What does it all *mean*?
Yet again, Jarrett demonstrates his skill and fluency as an improviser. Combine this with his prodigious technique and virtuosity and you have another great album to add to your collection.
Goes well with…
A glass of fine vintage wine while the music flows over you.
Might suit people who like…
Music that skilfully communicates emotion and touches the listener in a very profound way.