One of the most significant pianists in jazz to emerge since the 1960s, Keith Jarrett’s musical career spans across four decades, during which he has been continuously growing as a powerful improviser. His solo concerts have earned him international fame, he has led dynamic quartets / quintets, performed classical music, and later played explorative versions of standards with his long-time trio.
The Atlantic label and its subsidiary, Vortex, was where he began his solo career, and 1968 marks the shift from Keith Jarrett the sideman to Keith Jarrett the leader. From 1966 to 1970, Jarrett was the pianist in Charles Lloyd’s quartet, probably the most popular jazz outfit of the late ‘60s, and in the early ‘70s, he was working as a member of Miles Davis’ band, while recording as a leader for the label.
This two-CD set includes selection from landmark albums like Life Between The Exit Signs, Somewhere Before, Birth, The Mourning Of A Star and El Juicio (The Judgement), with the best of his live and studio work, recorded for the label between 1968 and 1975.
Compiled and featuring liner notes by jazz writer Stuart Nicholson.