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The Jarrett back-catalogue is hardly understocked, but these two through-improvised solo concerts dating from 1981 capture the pianist full of ideas and at his fluent and free-flowing best.

The body of the already-issued Bregenz concert is an intense and detailed rumination that mines Jarrett’s lyricism and classical roots. But the München concert is a multi-genre 2-CD epic now making its first full appearance on CD. Baroque fugues segue into township jazz, florid bebop morphs into impressionist mist and there’s a thumping climax full of free-form trickery.

Keith Jarrett

Concerts: Bregenz/München

(ECM)

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