Keith Jarrett’s Last French Concert Captured In Upcoming LP
Keith JarretThe last French solo concert of will be shared with the world this fall with Bordeaux concert, which will be released on September 30 via ECM Records. The album documents the performance of the pioneering jazz pianist on July 6, 2016 at the Auditorium of the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
Although Jarrett has spent much time redefining jazz standards with his pioneering post-bop approach to the piano over the last half century or so – most notably with his Standards Trio featuring bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette – he has always had a special gift for improv. His free-form concerts are among the most celebrated not only in Jarrett’s career but in jazz itself.
Jarrett’s Bordeaux performance lives up to that legacy. It unfolds a 13-part improvisational suite, moving through a wide range of dynamics, stylistic modes and emotional moods. At the time, some French critics even compared the event favorably to Jarrett’s landmark concert of 1975 in Colognewhich changed the trajectory of the pianist’s career when it was released as an album.
In a review for The worldFrancis Marmande wrote of the performance, “He plays what he has never played, what no one has ever dared to play,… what no one will ever play again….” And when stereophilicby Richard Lehnert covered the Munich 2016 live improvisation album recorded shortly before Bordeaux concerthe says, “His elegance, his restraint, his freedom, his austerity, his richness, his breadth of allusion, his sincere depths, his rhapsodic heights, his passionate musical intelligence, his rigorously disciplined expressiveness, his development of invented forms in the moment and its concentrated brilliance – all executed with an unfailing perfection of technique – is astonishing, sometimes overwhelming. No one else does anything close to it. No one has ever done it.
But there is also a bittersweetness to this version. In 2018, Jarrett suffered a pair of knocks that rendered him unable to play. So there are no more concerts planned in his future. But fortunately, in addition to the enormous recorded legacy the pianist has already established, we will soon have another glowing reminder of Jarrett’s musical genius.
Following the release of Bordeaux concertin digital and CD formats, there will be a double LP vinyl release of the recording on October 14.
Bordeaux concert is available September 30 and can be pre-ordered here.