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As Long as You're Living Yours: The Music of Keith Jarrett
     

As Long as You're Living Yours: The Music of Keith Jarrett

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Judging from the panoply of recording artists joined here on this tribute recording, Keith Jarrett's work has affected a wider range of musicians than one might imagine. There are pop players (Andy Summers, Bruce Hornsby), classical artists (The Flux String Quartet, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg), Latin musicians (Chucho Valdes, Nueva Rumba), mainstream jazzmen (Joe Lovano

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Judging from the panoply of recording artists joined here on this tribute recording, Keith Jarrett's work has affected a wider range of musicians than one might imagine. There are pop players (Andy Summers, Bruce Hornsby), classical artists (The Flux String Quartet, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg), Latin musicians (Chucho Valdes, Nueva Rumba), mainstream jazzmen (Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, John Scofield), and more left-of-center players (Don Byron, George Garzone, D. D. Jackson) all gathered here. But Jarrett's distinctive music accommodates them all. The lyrical tracks extract the poetry in Jarrett's writing: Solerno-Sonnenberg and Bob James's violin-electric piano take on "Book of Ways #9," Scofield's easy "Coral," Byron and Drew Gress's clarinet and bass duet on "Somewhere Before", Jackson's solo piano performance of "All That Lives Laments," and Mike Mainieri's vibes-and-marimba-soaked "Starbright" all honor the composer's arching melodies while adding their own instrumental twists and turns. The up-tempo interpretations range from Garzone's wild attack on "Innocence," Lovano and Harrell's Ornette-ish "Shades of Jazz," and the percussive fervor of Valdes's "U Dance" and Nueva Rumba's "So Tender." The most unexpected renditions -- Hornsby's "Backhand" with its New Orleans-parade beats and brass-band horns, and Andy Summers's electric guitar and Hammond-organ driven "Prism" -- may give the staunchly acoustic-minded Jarrett conniptions, but actually work well on their own terms. In all, an equally daring and loving nod to one of jazz's most individual talents.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The songbook craze wheels around to the compositions of Keith Jarrett, which ought to be an oxymoron since we're dealing with an artist who usually makes up things on the wing. Yet it works, for not only does this package isolate and spotlight some nice tunes by the prolific pianist; it also honors his eclectic bent by roaming all over the spectrum in search of diverse idioms. Bruce Hornsby is delightfully funky on piano in a second-line New Orleans treatment of "Backhand," which goes through some riotous passages. Pianist Chucho Valdes bumps through "U Dance" with the unorthodox help of baritone saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, while guitarist John Scofield is relaxed as he meanders through "Coral." Book of Ways, the Jarrett album recorded on a clavichord, is represented by "9" as played by classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Bob James on electric piano, and a string quartet scrapes determinedly away at "10." Mike Mainieri overdubs vibraphone upon marimba to produce satisfyingly rich tubular textures on "Starbright," and Jimmy Greene backs his soprano saxophone with nothing but Lord Jamar's drum and keyboard programming on "The Cure." Of course, there is also straight-ahead mainstream improvisation -- such as that from tenor Joe Lovano and trumpeter Tom Harrell on "Shades of Jazz" -- but most of the time, the combinations are odd and even zany. There aren't too many truly imaginative songbook albums around, but luckily, the Jarrett tribute is one of them.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266360727
catalogNumber:
63607

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Track Performer
Andy Summers   Guitar,Track Performer
Don Byron   Clarinet,Track Performer
Bob James   Piano
Keith Jarrett   Track Performer
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
John Novello   Organ
Ralph Peterson   Drums
John Scofield   Guitar,Track Performer
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Chucho Valdés   Piano,Track Performer
George Garzone   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Drew Gress   Bass,Track Performer
Bob Gullotti   Drums
Tom Harrell   Trumpet,Track Performer
Reggie Houston   Baritone Saxophone
D.D. Jackson   Piano
Craig Klein   Trombone
Mike Mainieri   Marimbas,Vibes,Track Performer,Marimba (Electronics)
Jason Marsalis   Drums
Edgardo Miranda   Guitar
Adam Nussbaum   Drums
Joel Taylor   Drums
Eddie Bobe   Percussion,Track Performer
Jamar   Drums,Keyboards
Jay Rodriguez   Baritone Saxophone
Matt Perrine   Sousaphone
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg   Violin
Darrett Adkins   Cello
Cornelius Dufallo   Violin
Tom Chiu   Violin
Jimmy Greene   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Tony Batista   Bass
Clarence Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Percy Miller   Trumpet
Massimo Biolcati   Bass
Kenji Bunch   Viola
Tim Green   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mark Bingham   Engineer
Adam Holzman   Engineer
Patrick Derivaz   Engineer
Alec Head   Engineer
Wayne Pooley   Engineer
Jon Rosenberg   Engineer
Carl Seltzer   Engineer
Tim Conklin   Engineer
Jamar   Programming
Milan Simich   Producer
Eddie King   Engineer

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As Long as You're Living Yours: The Music of Keith Jarrett 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When wanting something different to realx to, this is a CD worth listening to. Even though the tempo changes throughout the sourse of one song, it's still a very interesting and fun CD to listen to. Especially the first song, backhand. Great song; it really catches you. It's what cought me into buying the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
... that you shouldn't be surprised to hear Keith Jarrett's music with electric guitars & keyboards. If you are, check out his amazing electric piano work on the live portions of Miles Davis'