Dennis Russell Davies - Keith Jarrett Ritual (2014)

Dennis Russell Davies - Keith Jarrett Ritual (2014)
Artist: Dennis Russell Davies
Title: Keith Jarrett: Ritual
Year Of Release: 2014 (1982)
Label: ECM Records GmbH
Genre: Piano Jazz, Modern Composition
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 32:11
Total Size: 554 MB (d.booklet)

Recorded: June 1977 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg.

Ritual is something of an anomaly in the Keith Jarrett archive. It's a solo album, as many of his best are, only this time it is pianist, conductor, and frequent collaborator Dennis Russell Davies at the keys playing a work penned entirely by Jarrett. The hallmarks of a Jarrett piano recital are all there-the rolling ostinatos, dense arpeggios, and profound doublings-yet are valenced differently under the rubric of "composition." In this context, we get a sense of "once removed-ness" that might not present itself under improvisational circumstances. The piece's modest 32 minutes are divided into two immodest parts. From the opening groundswell we get not only dense pockets of energy, but also nodes of emptiness. Put another way: the music's glorious peaks share the same space as the shadowy valleys at their feet, thereby encompassing a harmonious middle ground. Like a geyser, its eruptions are predictable yet manage to enthrall every time. Despite its claustrophobic beginnings, Part 1 ends in bright solitude, like a room in which the curtain has been slowly opened to welcome the morning sun. Heavier chording marks Part 2, which resolves in a hopeful melancholy, but not before gelling the emotional plasticity of its precursor. This brings us full circle, ending on a solemn intonation of a single note. ...


Keith Jarrett (b.1945)

01. Ritual (Part I) 18:45
02. Ritual (Part II) 13:27

Dennis Russell Davies, piano

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