“Keith Jarrett: A portrait” by Roberto Masotti

Yet another book release I missed. I thought it was only available as a limited edition, but it has actually been available as a regular edition since February 5, 2021. Thanks to Allen for letting me know.

“Keith Jarrett: A portrait” by Roberto Masotti

The book is available from ECM, among other places.

In this series of photographs that I observe with a retrospective gaze, I play with the concept of presence, that one of the body and the one of the instrument, which appear and disappear in the image. The photos are the result of my intimate and objective attention to an artist who I have followed and admired for a long time, but these pictures represent also his response that is conscious acceptance, and above all, participation. His sound, the only one, is made of peculiar music that this series of photographs aims to evoke and make resound.” -Roberto Masotti

Limited re-release of “Sun Bear Concerts” on vinyl to be released on February 19, 2021

A limited facsimile edition of the 10-LP Sun Bear Concerts box set will be released on February 19, 2021. In 2019, 350 copies were pressed and released in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This time, 2000 numbered copies have been pressed and will be distributed internationally.

Sun Bear Concerts – the acclaimed, 1978 box set from jazz pianist Keith Jarrett – is making its way back to vinyl for the first time in more than 40 years. Available February 19 via ECM, the 10-LP set includes five complete solo concerts by Jarrett, captured in Japan in November 1976.

Limited to 2000 copies, the individually-numbered release will offer fans an exact replica of the original box set, including a reprint of the collection’s 16-page booklet. The audio, meanwhile, has been freshly remastered from the original analog tapes.

Thanks to Christoph for the information.

English translation of “Keith Jarrett: A Biography” available

Chris Jarrett’s translation of Wolfgang Sandner’s book has been published in November 2020 by Equinox Publishing.

Keith Jarrett: A biography
Keith Jarrett: A biography

Few writers have come as close to Keith Jarrett as Wolfgang Sandner, who has not only closely followed Jarrett’s remarkable career from the 1960s, but has also had the opportunity to visit him in his home in the United States. For this biography, which is full of detailed musical analysis and cross-references to other artistic genres, Sandner has collected new information about Jarrett’s family background, much of which is thanks to the translator, Keith Jarrett’s youngest brother Chris. The book explores Jarrett’s work with other musicians, in particular the members of his American and European Quartets and his Standards Trio, it charts the development of his solo concerts, and it also investigates his work in the classical sphere, as well as the highly original music he has created in his own home studio. It also covers his associations with his various record labels and producers, notably his unparalleled relationship with ECM and its founder Manfred Eicher. This English edition is a significantly extended and updated version of the German original.

Thanks to Chris Jarrett for letting me know. I somehow totally missed it!

New album, “Budapest Concert”, to be released on October 30, 2020

The album is starting to appear on online music stores. The release date should be October 30, 2020 from what I gather.

"Budapest Concert" cover
“Budapest Concert” cover

It will be released on CD and vinyl.

“The 2nd complete show to be issued from Keith Jarrett’s 2016 European tour, following the acclaimed Munich 2016 concert. This double album documents the pianist’s solo performance at Budapest’s Bela Bartók National Concert Hall. Jarrett, whose roots go back to Hungary, saw it as a homecoming; the context inspired much creative improvisation. His later concerts are comprised of independent movements, each a marvel of spontaneous resourcefulness and creative energy.”

The tracklist is as follows:

CD 1

  1. Part I (14:42)
  2. Part II (6:54)
  3. Part III (8:10)
  4. Part IV (7:35)

CD 2

  1. Part V (5:13)
  2. Part VI (3:52)
  3. Part VII (5:45)
  4. Part VIII (5:35)
  5. Part IX (2:42)
  6. Part X (8:40)
  7. Part XI (5:54)
  8. Part XII – Blues (4:04)
  9. It’s A Lonesome Old Town (8:01)
  10. Answer Me (4:55)

“Answer Me” was previously released by ECM on May 8, 2020 to mark Keith Jarrett’s 75th birthday.

Thanks to Jonas, Jan, and Johann for the information.