Keith Jarrett — "The European Quartet" (i.e. Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen) albums

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One of the nearly forgotten aspects of Keith Jarrett's prolific 70s work is his output with his so-called "European" quartet: Jan Garbarek (saxes), Palle Danielsson (bass), Jon Christensen (drums), and Keith Jarrett (piano). These albums are really nice and all over the place; ranging anywhere from Keith's pseudo-soul jazzy inflections to Garbarek's borderline free-for-all squawking.

What say you: worthy side project or rightfully forgotten self-indulgence?

Poll Results

My Song (1977) 4
Nude Ants (1979) 3
Belonging (1974) 2
Personal Mountains (recorded 1979; released 1989) 0
Sleeper (recorded 1979; released 2012) 0

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:44 (eight months ago) link

i really need to dive back in to the live albums to properly vote in this one.

but, my preliminary knee-jerk vote is belonging. not to say that they didn't have good things to say after it, but that first one is pretty potent.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:47 (eight months ago) link

voting my song because i find something new in it with every listen.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 4 October 2019 16:57 (seven months ago) link

nude ants is so great. i always loved that it only has three sides. back in the vinyl days. personal mountains was a great discovery when it was released many years after the recording. sleeper i have never heard.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 4 October 2019 17:08 (seven months ago) link

It's been a while, but I seem to recall enjoying Belonging the most.

pomenitul, Friday, 4 October 2019 17:14 (seven months ago) link

Off the top of my head, I'd rank them like this: Belonging > Personal Mountains > Sleeper > Nude Ants > My Song.

pomenitul, Friday, 4 October 2019 17:31 (seven months ago) link

Partly because pre-1975 Garbarek is unfuckwithable.

pomenitul, Friday, 4 October 2019 17:32 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

this era of Jarrett produces some of his most enjoyable music - I think the knock on it is kind of that it feels "unserious," and I think Jarrett internalizes that going forward -- but man. "Belonging" is just gorgeous, and I love "My Song." The pick is between these two for me but it's a tough pick

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:33 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 25 October 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

wow, i'm actually kind of surprised at these results, even though my pick ended up winning.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 17:10 (seven months ago) link

personal mountains is very good and deserves more than zero votes.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:32 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

RIP Jon Christensen. Absolute titan around my parts.

Mule, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:09 (three months ago) link

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