Thursday, December 22, 2011

One more for the Christmas

Here's one more nice album that I found out from my collection.

Tommy Emmanuel – All I Want for Christmas

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Music for Christmas

The Christmas is on! No celebration is complete without music to suit the festive mood. Here are a few Christmas albums that I love the best.

Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart

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Nitty Gritty - The Christmas Album

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Jerry Douglas - Jerry Christmas

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Jorma Kaukonen - Christmas With Jorma Kaukonen

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Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come Darkness, Come Light

Get from here or here or here or here or here.

Chicago - Christmas With Chicago

This is a live show by the legendary band on a Christmas eve a few years back. It is sort of a comeback album for the group. They seem to have got back the punch that they had in the sixties and early seventies. Don't miss it, get it from here.

Merry Christmas to everybody. May God bless us all. Peace!!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Keith Jarret

Pianist Keith Jarrett has carved out a unique place among comtemporary improvising musicians. After a brief mid-'60s stint with Art Blakey, Jarrett joined the enormously popular Charles Lloyd Quartet before being recruited by Miles Davis at the height of early fusion.

Initially, Jarrett's solo career continued in a similar electric vein, but he soon turned exclusively to acoustic instruments. His improvised solo piano concerts captured genius at work, and his Standards Trio redefined the genre. In between, he has performed classical works and his own folk-inspired music, and he has been an outspoken critic of the commercialization of jazz.

Here are 3 of his solo performances over the years that I like the best.

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" (sic). 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. (from


01.In Front (10:05)
02.Ritooria (5:50)
03.Lalene (8:29)
04.My Lady, My Child (7:17)
05.Landscape For Future Earth (3:29)
06.Starbright (5:01)
07.Vapallia (3:51)
08.Semblence (3:00)
Total Time 00:47:40

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Koln Concert

Preliminaries to the concert were not auspicious. Jarrett arrived at the opera house late and hungry, and needed to eat a hasty meal before going on stage. When he was on, he found that the wrong piano had been delivered.But his performance was enthusiastically received, and the subsequent recording was acclaimed by the critics and an enormous commercial success. With sales of more than 3.5 million, it became the best-selling solo album in jazz history.[2]

The recording is in three parts, lasting 26 minutes, 34 minutes and 7 minutes, respectively. As the concert was originally programmed onLP, the second part was split into parts labeled "IIa" and "IIb". Part IIc actually is a 3rd part, the encore.

A notable aspect of this concert is Jarrett's ability to produce very extensive improvised material over a vamp of one or two chords for prolonged periods of time. For instance, in Part I, he spends almost 12 minutes vamping over the chords Am7 (A minor 7) to G major, sometimes in a slow, rubato feel, and other times in a bluesy, gospel rock feel. And for about the last 6 minutes of Part I, he vamps over an A major theme. Roughly the first 8 minutes of Part II A is a vamp over a D major groove with a repeated bass vamp in the left hand, and in Part II B, Jarrett improvises over an F# minor vamp for approximately the first 6 minutes.

Track list:

1. Part I
2. Part II
3. Part II b
4. Part II c

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Paris Concert

The self-imposed quarantine on solo concerts over, Keith Jarrett returned to the improvisatory format that he virtually invented, mellower and more devotional than ever. Indeed, within the 38 minutes of solo improvisation captured at Paris's Salle Pleyel, Jarrett pulls further away from the old rousing (and thoroughly American) gospel, blues and folk roots of earlier concerts toward a more abstract concept. ”

Track List

01. October 17, 1988 38:23
02. The Wind 6:32
03. Blues 5:22

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Happy listening!
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