KEITH JARRETT: A Multitude Of Angels (4CD)

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‘A Multitude of Angels’ is a 4-CD set of recordings from a series of solo concerts in Italy in October 1996, documenting the conclusion of Keith Jarrett’s experiments with long-form improvisation in performances from Modena, Ferrara, Turin, and Genoa.

These discs fit into the chronology of Keith Jarrett’s many live solo recordings after 1995’s ‘La Scala’. ‘A Multitude of Angels’ marks the end of the first period of the solo concerts, documented on ECM recordings from the ‘Bremen-Lausanne’ set to ‘Sun Bear Concerts’, an era in which Jarrett’s spontaneously developmental, free-flowing music could lead the receptive improviser to many different places.

“These were the last concerts I played having no breaks within each set,” Jarrett explains in his liner notes. The music is characteristically far-reaching: “Jazz is ever present here, alongside my deep closeness with classical music (modern and ancient, Ives and Bach, etc.)”Besides a booklet, the box also includes a comprehensive discography of all Jarrett’s many recordings – over 80 to date – on ECM.

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