Keith Jarrett

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Mysteries Review

by Richard S. Ginell

Another in Impulse's extensive series of Keith Jarrett Quintet recordings, this LP isn't one of the more coherent products of the run. It opens on a faltering note with the hopelessly diffuse and rambling "Rotation," and "Everything That Lives Laments" doesn't really get going until a lyrical Vince Guaraldi-like statement from Jarrett sets the track in motion. "Flame" is certainly novel, with Jarrett on Pakistani flute and Dewey Redman on Chinese musette, which combined with the percussion makes for a diverting jam. The Coltrane-ish 15-minute title track has passages of meditative beauty and others of listless torpor. For completists only.

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