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Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts





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AECM 1100
UPC: 602547190789
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Vinyl Box Sets

No. of Discs: 10
Coming April 30, 2021


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Reissue of 1978 10LP box set!

Jazz great Keith Jarrett's 1976 solo performances in Japan!

Sun Bear Concerts — documenting five complete solo performances by Keith Jarrett in Japan — counts as a milestone achievement in the history of jazz recording.

A work of art by any standards, this beautifully produced, illustrated and presented 10LP set, first issued in 1978, marked a giant step forward from The Köln Concert and revealed Jarrett as a player of limitless creativity, unique in his ability to find new forms in the moment, night after night. Sun Bear Concerts brings together Jarrett's solo concerts taking place in November 1976 in Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Sapporo.

The recordings were made by Japanese engineer Okihiro Sugano and producer Manfred Eicher, who travelled through Japan with Jarrett. The set's book-form packaging, with design by Barbara Wojirsch, includes photographs by Klaus Knaup, Tadayuki Naitoh and Akira Aimi.

"These marathons showed Jarrett to be one of the greatest improvisers in jazz," Ian Carr wrote in his biography of the pianist, "with an apparently inexhaustible flow of rhythmic and melodic ideas, one of the most brilliant pianistic techniques of all, and the ability to project complex and profound feeling."

This new edition is a facsimile of the original LP set, described by the late Haus der Kunst curator Okwui Enwezor as "part of ECM's declaration of independence from standard packaging of jazz records. Setting itself apart in this way, ECM treated its recordings as works of art by musicians of the highest artistic and conceptual order."

1. Kyoto, November 5, 1976 (Part 1a)
2. Kyoto, November 5, 1976 (Part 1b)
3. Kyoto, November 5, 1976 (Part2a)
4. Kyoto, November 5, 1976 (Part 2b)
5. Osaka, November 8, 1976 (Part 1a)
6. Osaka, November 8, 1976(Part 1b)
7. Osaka, November 8, 1976 (Part 2a)
8. Osaka, November 8, 1976 (Part 2b)
9. Nagoya, November 12,1976 (Part 1a)
10. Nagoya, November 12, 1976 (Part 1b)
11. Nagoya, November 12, 1976 (Part 2a)
12. Nagoya,November 12, 1976 (Part 2b)
13. Tokyo, November 14, 1976 (Part 1a)
14. Tokyo, November 14, 1976 (Part 1b)
15. Tokyo, November 14, 1976 (Part 2a)
16. Tokyo, November 14, 1976 (Part 2b)
17. Sapporo, November 18, 1976(Part 1a)
18. Sapporo, November 18, 1976 (Part 1b)
19. Sapporo, November 18, 1976 (Part 2a)
20. Sapporo,November 18, 1976 (Part 2b)

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