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  • The Koln Concert (Awaiting Repress) The Koln Concert (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Koln Concert (Awaiting Repress)

    Musicians:

    Keith Jarrett - piano



    Recorded July 1986

    January 24, 1975 (Part I, IIa, IIb, IIc)
    Keith Jarrett
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Facing You

    Facing You is one of the most important recordings in contemporary jazz for several reasons, aside from being beautifully conceived and executed by pianist Keith Jarrett. It is a hallmark recording of solo piano in any discipline, a signature piece in the early ECM label discography, a distinct departure from mainstream jazz, a breakthrough for Jarrett, and a studio prelude for his most famous solo project to follow, The Köln Concert. Often meditative, richly melodic, inventive, and introspective beyond compare, Jarrett expresses his soul in tailored tones that set standards for not only this kind of jazz, but music that would serve him and his fans in good stead onward.


    In this program of all originals, which sound spontaneously improvised with certain pretexts and motifs as springboards, the rhapsodic Ritooria, 4/4 love/spirit song Lalene, and song for family and life My Lady; My Child firmly establish Jarrett's heartfelt and thoughtful approach. Vapallia cements the thematic, seemingly effortless, lighter -- but never tame -- aesthetic. Starbright is an easy-paced two-step tune signifying fully Jarrett's personalized stance. Straddling a more jagged, angular, and free edge, the pianist evokes the influence of Paul Bley during Semblence.


    But it is the opening selection, an extended ten-minute opus titled In Front, that truly showcases Jarrett at his playful best -- a timeless, modal, direct, and bright delight. A remarkable effort that reveals more and more with each listen, this recording has stood the test of time, and is unquestionably a Top Three recording in Keith Jarrett's long and storied career.

    1. In Front
    2. Ritooria

    3. Lalene
    4. My Lady, My Child
    5. Landscape For Future
    6. Starbright
    7. Vapallia
    8. Semblence
    Keith Jarrett
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    Julia With Blue Jeans On

    Since January 2010, Spencer Krug has used Moonface as a venue for home-recorded instrumental and
    conceptual experimentation, expanding the ideas he developed collaboratively with Wolf Parade, Sunset
    Rubdown, and Frog Eyes. Releases under this moniker have come quickly, each distinct from the other. The
    Dreamland EP and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped were conceptual excursions merging
    instrumental and thematic fixations. After moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Krug teamed up with the
    Finnish band Siinai to create a lush rock record-2012's Heartbreaking Bravery-driven by the dark despair
    of a breakup. Staying in Helsinki, Krug set off on yet another creative departure, driven by a rediscovery of
    love and a reconsideration of the Moonface persona he'd created for himself. The quietly stunning Julia with
    Blue Jeans On is the fourth Moonface release, bringing a degree of intimacy and self-reflection unlike
    anything Krug has produced to date.


    There are only two sonic elements on Julia: Spencer Krug's voice and his piano. Richly recorded, they interact
    seamlessly with one another. On the opening track "Barbarian," the piano unfolds with the hypnotic energy
    of Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert, Krug's right hand doubling his vocal melody. On the closing track "Your
    Chariot Awaits," Krug's voice recedes after a minute as the piano swells for an extended showcase with
    modern classical undertones. After nearly a decade, across a number of guises, we are well-acquainted with
    Krug's inimitable town-crier vocals; on Julia, we are introduced to a facet of his musical skill that feels
    conservatory-trained. This is Krug as singer-songwriter, moving beyond star poses to a vision that is at once
    more elegant and comfortable.


    Or, in Krug's own language, on "Barbarian II": "I have chewed through my beautiful narrative." Much of Julia
    is taken with this chewing. "Love the House You're In" opens by masquerading as self-pity, with a statement
    that reads like a press release from someone who's given up. "I regretfully withdraw my offer to try and
    improve myself," Krug gently sings, establishing a self-reflexive foundation upon which he builds the album's
    most universal, humanistic sentiment, and which he delivers via its most soaring melody.


    Purposeful self-evaluation is one tactic for reinvention, but as Krug illustrates on Julia's title track, everyday
    occurrences can prove transformative as well. The sight of a woman, clad in denim, briefly visible at the
    bottom of a staircase, he learns, is capable of "obliterating everything I've ever written down." "Julia" is an ode
    in the classical sense, pivoting around the beauty inherent in the most simple, taken-for-granted sights. Krug
    acknowledges this, opening the song by admitting that "it's a madman's game, making the commonplace
    unreal." What he leaves out in this admission, however, is the key to the countless charms of Julia with Blue
    Jeans On: by expertly playing this ridiculous game, he can erase the madness that spawned it.

    1. Barbarian
    2. Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark
    3. Barbarian II
    4. November 2011
    5. Dreamy Summer
    6. Julia with Blue Jeans On
    7. Love the House You're In
    8. First Violin
    9. Black is Back in Style
    10. Your Chariot Awaits
    Moonface
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