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September 21 , 2006

New Jarrett album now available

Keith Jarrett’s “The Carnegie Hall Concert” is a double album documentation of the pianist’s first U.S. solo concert in a decade, with the venue heightening the sense of occasion. Music featured is effectively a summary of styles Jarrett has traversed over the years. Two set-length suites of songs of many temperaments, composed in the moment, followed by no less than five ardently demanded encores - including “My Song”, some boogie-woogie blues and the standard “Time On My Hands”. Critics and public were unanimous in their approval. “Even at its most contemplative, this is full-impact music” (Jazz Times); “Mr Jarrett’s brief pieces more often than not took the shape and form of composed tunes – in many spots more memorably than most contemporary songs” (The Wall Street Journal).

Release date: September 21 in most European territories.

Simultaneously, and in time for the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich, ECM New Series re-issues Jarrett’s account of the great Russian composer’s 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87. Originally recorded in 1991 it counts amongst the most significant of Jarrett’s interpretations of music from the ‘classical’ tradition. He began including Shostakovich pieces in his recitals in 1985, and his Shostakovich recording followed his acclaimed account of the two books of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Critical recations were extremely positive. As The New York Times noted, “with this recording, Mr. Jarrett has staked an indisputable claim to distinction in the realm of classical music… Mr. Jarrett, having long since established himself in jazz, can now be called a classical pianist of the first rank.”

For more information please click on directly on the album titles below.

Keith Jarrett
The Carnegie Hall Concert
ECM 1989/90

Dmitri Shostakovich
24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87
Keith Jarrett
ECM New Series 1469/70