Finally A New Keith Jarrett Solo Live Album – Munich 2016

Keith Jarrett Live Concerts

Keith Jarrett is without doubt one of the most important, if not THE most important artists alive today in the space of solo piano improvisation.

Seeing one of his live concerts finally triggered me to start this blog now more than 4 years ago, and I’ve already reviewed a lot of his live albums (always on ECM) as well, including Paris, A Multitude Of Angels, Bregenz München, La Scala, and Bremen Lausanne.

Each of these albums is worth having, my ratings typically are either 4 or 5 stars.

So I was obviously very happy when Jarrett finally released a new (well, 3 years old) solo concert recording again.

Keith Jarrett – Munich 2016 (ECM 2019)

This album was recorded live in Munich in July 2016, about one year after my “own” live experience in Lucerne, and it has a very similar feel.

Jarrett has moved away from the very long improvisations of the Köln concert era to shorter pieces, simply titled “Part”. The concert is split into 12 parts, with roman numerals, plus two encores.

Don’t be afraid by the slightly atonal start in Part I, there is so much more to come.

Part V for example is are the kind of melodic improvisations that fans of the Köln concert (including me) are just loving so much

Part VI and VIII are yet another of the slowly flowing parts, 5 minutes of absolute bliss.

In part IX, Jarrett all over sudden starts a boogie woogie. For most other artist, this would make me run away. Not so with Jarrett, here it is just 3 minutes of a lot of fun, which he’s clearly having.

I personally am not such a big fan of when Jarrett goes much more crazy like in part VII, but these wilder improvisations are typically short.

And I’m so happy to report, that nearly 20 years after La Scala, Jarrett goes back to Somewhere Over The Rainbow as his final encore. And in a way, this improvisation is even better. It must be my sentimental side, but I just love this song.

So in total, this album is an absolute joy!

My rating: 5 stars

You can get it here (Qobuz)

Author: Musicophile

I'm not a professional musician, I don't work in the music industry, I'm just what the name says, somebody who loves music. I've been in love with music for all of my life, took piano lessons for nearly 10 years, and played in several amateur Jazz groups. I go to concerts, both classical and Jazz, quite regularly. And I collect music previously on vinyl and CDs, now on my computer, and am slightly OCD on my music collection. You can reach me at Musicophile1(AT)gmail.com

10 thoughts on “Finally A New Keith Jarrett Solo Live Album – Munich 2016”

  1. A nice review as allways, thanks. My feelings about “Over the rainbow” are not the same… for me “La Scala” interpretation is second to none…

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  2. Every new album of the great artist is an unintentional joy. It seems Jarrett has already grown out of his music like a butterfly from a cocoon, and very soon will throw away the husk of endlessly repeating notes and sounds and fly away for good.

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  3. Every solo outing by Jarrett is cause for celebration. I was going to say I’d listen to it (and I will) but why do I think I already did? Maybe I read about it somewhere else. Anyway, on the list for tomorrow.

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      1. I was able to listen to about half of this the other day, the rest to come. It meets expectations, to your point. However, I cannot get into that atonal stuff at all. Musicians may think they’re breaking boundaries or something but it just sounds like self-indulgent noise to me. I will listen to this album again (several times) but I will skip over that part. Love the fact that he did a blues or what you, I think rightfully, called boogie-woogie. Any improvisational musician who cannot play a blues is missing a major tool in their arsenal.

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      2. While I’m having similar issues with the atonal sections I just accept them as an expression of a creative mind like Jarrett that just doesn’t want to be channeled to closely. So I take them with a different attitude. But I fully understand where you are coming from.

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      3. I agree with that. Jarrett has always marched to his own drum. He certainly has the freedom to play what he wishes. But then I have the freedom to “pick up the needle.” 🤣

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