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Keith Jarrett's masterful 'Budapest Concert' is incredibly special / Morning Star

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Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Keith Jarrett's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation. 

Morning Star's Ian Sinclair writes......THE recent news US jazz pianist Keith Jarrett suffered two strokes in 2018, leaving him partially paralysed and only able to play with his right hand, shocked the jazz world. It is unlikely he will ever play live again.

All of which makes the two-disc Budapest Concert incredibly special. Jarrett has said he considers the set his "gold standard" in terms of judging his recent work. As usual his performance is almost entirely improvised, beginning with a 15-minute knotty, frantic piece. In contrast, the sublime Part II and Part VII are searching and vulnerable ballads of stunning beauty. The concert ends with a wonderfully rhythmic bluesy stomp and an encore of two American classic songs - a melancholic It's A Lonesome Old Town and Answer Me My Love. Masterful.

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