The Köln Con­CerT

Keith Jar­rett (ECM 1064)

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Keith Jar­rett’s Köln Con­cert is the best-sell­ing solo al­bum in jazz his­tory. Recorded in 1975 in Cologne, with Jar­rett play­ing a baby grand de­liv­ered in­stead of the Bosendor­fer 290 Im­pe­rial that should have been on the stage for this live per­for­mance, the sound was cap­tured by Neu­mann U-67 valved con­denser mi­cro­phones and a Tele­funken M-5 tape ma­chine. It has now been re-re­leased on 180-gram vinyl and more than 40 years later, Jar­rett’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance still res­onates, not least be­cause this re-mas­ter cap­tures both the per­former’s bravado and the con­cert hall’s acous­tics with amaz­ing pre­ci­sion and vi­brancy. The sharp tonal­ity of the baby grand is ren­dered as is, and the lis­tener is drawn into the im­pro­vi­sa­tional flows that char­ac­terise Jar­rett’s style and artis­tic vi­sion. Each ad­di­tional lis­ten to this con­cert will bring a new-found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for its var­i­ous nu­ances and in­no­va­tions. A.A.

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