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This solo concert by Keith Jarrett, recorded live in South America in April, 2011, comes 40 years after his first solo album for ECM. The Rio de Janeiro concert is, the pianist feels, one of his best: "beautifully structured, jazzy, serious, sweet, playful, warm, economical, energetic, passionate, and connected with the Brazilian culture in a unique way. The sound in the hall was excellent and so was the enthusiastic audience."

Jarrett's solo recordings are a 'tradition' of their own, yet each is unique in itself, a special event. The great pianist had played in Brazil only once before - back in the 1980s and felt that he had 'unfinished business' there. On this occasion the music that emerges, entirely improvised, shares with some of Jarrett's best-loved albums (think of The Köln Concert) an intensely lyrical core. Jarrett's capacity for creating song forms and compositional structures in the moment is unparalleled, as is clearly heard over Rio's 15 short tracks.

The release of 'Rio' coincides with Keith Jarrett's 40th anniversary as an ECM recording artist. It was in November 1971 that the pianist and producer Manfred Eicher first collaborated - on the epochal and hugely influential solo piano album 'Facing You'. Jarrett's rich and rewarding solo piano catalogue on ECM have brought forth some remarkable recordings over four decades and 'Rio' is a stunning addition to them.

"Rio is a masterpiece, a jazz recording of such creativity that it is impossible to absorb the enormity of its achievement in one, two or even three auditions." - Jazzwise

Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano)


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  2. RIO Part I
  3. RIO Part II
  4. RIO Part III
  5. RIO Part IV
  6. RIO Part V
  7. RIO Part VI
  8. RIO Part VII
  9. RIO Part VIII
  10. RIO Part IX
  11. RIO Part X
  12. RIO Part XI
  13. RIO Part XII
  14. RIO Part XIII
  15. RIO Part XIV
  16. RIO Part XV
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