Keith Jarrett: In Front


In Front


Keith Jarrett (piano)


Facing You (ECM 1017)

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Keith Jarrett (piano).

Composed by Keith Jarrett


Recorded: Oslo, Norway, November 10, 1971


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Here on the opening track of his first solo piano recording, Keith Jarrett announces a new era of jazz keyboard music. Even today, decades later, we can hear the repercussions in contemporary piano stylings. Jarrett helped shape a new language for improvised music, demonstrated the marvels of his conception and touch, explored novel paths of thematic development, and recalibrated the roles of the left and right hands in piano jazz—all in the course of a 10-minute performance. My favorite moments: the funky ostinato groove that kicks in right before the four minute mark, and then the shimmering resolution that dawns two minutes later. Jarrett still had his first solo concert records—the edifices of Bremen, Lausanne and Köln—ahead of him, but here at age 26 he had arrived, no longer the young prodigy of jazz, but a mature artist charting the future.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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