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Rio (2011)

Artist: Keith Jarrett
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Format: CD
Sku: 224163387
UPC: 602527766454
UPC 14: 00602527766454
Release Date: 11/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Rio, Pt. 1 ~ Keith Jarrett
2. Rio, Pt. 2 ~ Keith Jarrett
3. Rio, Pt. 3 ~ Keith Jarrett
4. Rio, Pt. 4 ~ Keith Jarrett
5. Rio, Pt. 5 ~ Keith Jarrett
6. Rio, Pt. 6 ~ Keith Jarrett
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Rio, Pt. 7 ~ Keith Jarrett
2. Rio, Pt. 8 ~ Keith Jarrett
3. Rio, Pt. 9 ~ Keith Jarrett
4. Rio, Pt. 10 ~ Keith Jarrett
5. Rio, Pt. 11 ~ Keith Jarrett
6. Rio, Pt. 12 ~ Keith Jarrett
7. Rio, Pt. 13 ~ Keith Jarrett
8. Rio, Pt. 14 ~ Keith Jarrett
9. Rio, Pt. 15 ~ Keith Jarrett

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano).
Muze PNote Recording information: Theatro Municipal, Rio De Janeiro (04/09/2011).
Muze PNote Photographer: Daniela Yohannes.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Keith Jarrett; Guillermo Malbran; Steffen Dauelsberg; Myriam Dauelsberg; Augusto Tapia

Engineer: Martin Pearson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Jazz:smithsonian Anthology
Muze Music Compilations Selected Signs

Associated Artists and Works

Coltrane, John
Corea, Chick
DeJohnette, Jack
Garbarek, Jan
Peacock, Gary
Yesterdays ~ Peacock, Gary
Somewhere ~ Peacock, Gary

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/07/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ECM 2198/99
Music Label Name Label : ECM
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527766454

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jarrett,Keith
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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