Keith Jarrett – Death And The Flower (1975/2011) [DSD64]

Keith Jarrett – Death And The Flower (1975/2011)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:41:59 minutes | 1,66 GB | Genre: Jazz
Source: ISO SHM-SACD | © Impulse! | Universal Music Japan
Recorded: October 9 and 10, 1974, at Generation Sound Studios, New York City

Death and the Flower is the third album on the Impulse label by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. Originally released in 1975, it features performances by Jarrett’s ‘American Quartet’ which included Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian with Guilherme Franco added on percussion.

This set by the Keith Jarrett Quintet (with the leader on piano, soprano and flute, tenor-saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Paul Motian and percussionist Guilherme Franco) contains three of Jarrett’s originals. The main selection, the 21-minute “Death and the Flower,” develops logically from atmospheric sounds to intense group improvising and back again; it is the main reason to acquire this CD. –Scott Yanow

Keith Jarrett delighted in subverting the familiar conventions of the piano-led jazz band with his early 1970s combo work. He relied on Redman and Haden, fire tested in the school of Ornette, who didn’t really need chords from the keyboard to guide their musical journeys. And sometimes Jarrett would step away from the piano himself. The instrument does not even appear until some six minutes into this track. Instead we have a delicate web of percussion underpinning wood flute, and eventually Haden’s bass enters throbbing like a slow heartbeat. But Jarrett’s solo, when it arrives, is worth the wait. His touch and melodic inventiveness are shown off to good effect. Tone control, always one of his strengths, is especially evident here, with Motian and Haden giving him space and dynamic room to make best use of his ethereal pianissimo. Redman imposes a more macho attitude when his tenor enters the fray, and one can hear the whole group adjusting. In fact, the give-and-take throughout this entire performance is noteworthy. Jarrett doesn’t so much lead this band as immerse himself into its suchness. Yet his composition serves as the fluid structure that makes it all possible. This extended work (some 22 minutes) is essential listening for anyone who wants to come to grips with the artistry of pre-Standards Jarrett. –Ted Gioia

Tracklist:
1 Death And The Flower 22:45
2 Prayer 10:08
3 Great Bird 8:41

Personnel:
Keith Jarrett – piano, wood flute, percussion, soprano sax
Dewey Redman – tenor saxophone, musette, percussion
Charlie Haden – bass
Paul Motian – drums, percussion
Guilherme Franco – percussion

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