Rio CD (2011)

Artist: Keith Jarrett

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 224163387
UPC 602527766454
UPC 14 00602527766454
Format CD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Author Keith Jarrett
Compilation Appearance Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Compilation Appearance Selected Signs
Associated Artist/Work Coltrane, John
Associated Artist/Work Corea, Chick
Associated Artist/Work DeJohnette, Jack
Technical Info
Engineer Martin Pearson
Producer Keith Jarrett; Guillermo Malbran; Steffen Dauelsberg; Myriam Dauelsberg; Augusto Tapia
CatalogID ECM 2198/99
Lable Name ECM
Released 11/07/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 90m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00602527766454
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano).
Recording information: Theatro Municipal, Rio De Janeiro (04/09/2011).
Photographer: Daniela Yohannes.
Rio, the double-disc solo concert recording by Keith Jarrett, marks his 40th anniversary as an ECM recording artist; coincidentally, Facing You, his debut for the label, was a solo piano recording, though cut in a studio. Many of Jarrett's improvised solo concerts have represented benchmarks in his career: The K?ln Concert, The Sun Bear Solo Concerts, and La Scala among them. His musical and philosophical approach toward recording this way has evolved and been refined over the decades, but nowhere more so than on Rio, a complete document of his show at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro in April of 2011. The date is a hint that something very different is afoot here: Jarrett's live offerings are usually issued years after an event instead of mere months afterwards (the pianist called label boss Manfred Eicher from the airport after the show. After one listen, it becomes obvious Rio is indeed very special. It puts on aural display Jarrett as a virtually boundless musician, whose on-the-spot, wide-ranging ideas are executed with astonishing immediacy and dexterity; this music is passionate, poetic (often songlike), and stands outside the confines of genre. The strength of his pianism and diversity in his thought and philosophy between music and everyday life dissolve into the freest improvisation he has ever displayed on record. In these 15 untitled selections, Jarrett allows everything from his sense impressions about the city, the country, cultural and social history, the evening, and the audience to simply have their way with him spontaneously. The effect is intimate, energetic, emotionally engaged, and wildly expressive and imaginative. What begins in the knotty dissonance and counterpoint of the first selection gives way to the elliptical on the second to something approaching song for the remainder of disc one's six selections. By the beginning of disc two, the listener is transfixed as jazz improvisation melds seamlessly into nearly classical investigations of detail, harmony, and nuance; simultaneously, folk traditions, blues and ballad forms, and rhythmic invention are all encased in a pervasive lyricism that possesses pianist and audience alike. Even music that sounds "familiar" is based on preconceived notions by the listener, since nothing approaching what is here actually exists in Jarrett's recorded catalog. Rio is therefore the new standard by which the pianist's future solo recordings will be judged, and perhaps also sets the bar for any other player who attempts the same. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (p.67) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The pastel harmonies, svelte harmonic changeups and rhythmic surprises of Brazilian music flavor this almost casually brilliant album."
JazzTimes (pp.49-50) - "There are exquisite spaces of music on RIO. Part II begins in rapt tremolos and proceeds like a slow search for the keyboard's deepest secrets."
Disc 1
1 Rio, Pt. 1,Rio, Pt. 7
2 Rio, Pt. 2,Rio, Pt. 8
3 Rio, Pt. 3,Rio, Pt. 9
4 Rio, Pt. 4,Rio, Pt. 10
5 Rio, Pt. 5,Rio, Pt. 11
6 Rio, Pt. 6,Rio, Pt. 12
7 Rio, Pt. 13
8 Rio, Pt. 14
9 Rio, Pt. 15
Disc 2
1 Rio, Pt. 1,Rio, Pt. 7
2 Rio, Pt. 2,Rio, Pt. 8
3 Rio, Pt. 3,Rio, Pt. 9
4 Rio, Pt. 4,Rio, Pt. 10
5 Rio, Pt. 5,Rio, Pt. 11
6 Rio, Pt. 6,Rio, Pt. 12
7 Rio, Pt. 13
8 Rio, Pt. 14
9 Rio, Pt. 15
Product Attributes
Artist Jarrett,Keith
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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