Over the past several decades there has only been one essential solo piano improvisation recording, and that is “The Köln Concerts” by Keith Jarret. His extemporaneous melodic and somewhat trance inducing pieces are extremely emotional, making them worthy of repeated listens. One can find solace, vigor, and even a spiritual awakening while engaged with this double album set that features four songs specifically designed to fit across two long players. Pick up the high resolution downloads for incredible clarity when adding this to your desert island treasure chest.
Jarrett's intimate meditation on the nature of sound and how it stacks up against silence, engages listeners in its beauty, truth, and meaning. The concert swings with liberation from cynicism or the need to prove anything to anyone ever again. The acoustic live feel and room ambience places you in the Köln Opera House where it was recorded, a pleasurable instant transport while sitting on the beach waiting for rescue. It is perfect for any time of day, but best when a quieter mood is preferred.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.