Restoration Ruin/Bap-Tizum

Restoration Ruin/Bap-Tizum

by Keith Jarrett
     
 
Restoration Ruin, a weird Keith Jarrett album by any measure, was reissued on a single-disc CD in 1999 that made it seem yet weirder by pairing it, incongruously, with a respected, all-out early-'70s avant-garde jazz album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bap-Tizum (recorded live in 1972 at the Ann Arbor Blues

Overview

Restoration Ruin, a weird Keith Jarrett album by any measure, was reissued on a single-disc CD in 1999 that made it seem yet weirder by pairing it, incongruously, with a respected, all-out early-'70s avant-garde jazz album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bap-Tizum (recorded live in 1972 at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival). Restoration Ruin is a real oddity in the Jarrett catalog: a vocal album on which he plays all the instruments. And not a jazz vocal album either, but a folk-rock one, in which he alternates -- quite literally, track to track -- between sub-Dylan outings and more folk-Baroque ones that echo the late-'60s work of artists like Love and Tim Buckley. There's a certain amateurish appeal to the LP, in keeping with other crossover "acid-folk" artists of the period. Yet the fact is that Jarrett is a major jazz musician, but a journeyman-at-best folk-rock singer (with a hoarse, wavering croon-whine), instrumentalist, and songwriter, with a bent for flaky wordplay that gives this a bit of a fried-psychedelic tinge. At times, to be harsh, it's less than journeyman, particularly on the Dylanesque cuts, which have almost embarrassing wheezing son-of-Dylan harmonica, and some downright embarrassing out-of-sync drums. Better are the daintier, more melodic tracks with trimmings of flute, strings, and flamenco-like guitar, like the title song, "For You and Me," and "Sioux City Sue New," with their bossa nova feel.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/1999
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431627426
catalogNumber:
6274

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Jarrett   Primary Artist
Art Ensemble of Chicago   Track Performer
Lester Bowie   Bass,Percussion,Trumpet,Bass Drums,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Kelphorn
Joseph Jarman   Alto,Flute,Percussion,Soprano,Conga,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,Track Performer
Roscoe Mitchell   Clarinet,Percussion,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
Malachi Favors   Bass,Gong,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Track Performer,Log Drums
Famoudou Don Moye   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Gong,Marimbas,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Track Performer
John Sinclair   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Art Ensemble of Chicago   Composer
Joseph Jarman   Composer
Malachi Favors   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Producer
John Sinclair   Liner Notes,Introduction
Tunc Erim   Producer
Don Moye   Composer

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