Keith Jarrett's ECM discography embraces solo improvisation, duets, trios, quartets, original compositions, multi-instrumental ventures, masterpieces of the classical repertoire and wide-ranging explorations of the Great American Songbook. Jarrett's association with ECM dates from November 1971, when he and producer Manfred Eicher first collaborated on the hugely influential solo piano album Facing You. Jarrett has also been a member of several outstanding groups. In the mid-1970s he began recording with his so-called "European Quartet" consisting of saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen. Their recordings include Belonging, My Song, Nude Ants, Personal Mountains and Sleeper.
No less essential is his contemporaneous "American Quartet" work with Charlie Haden (bass), Paul Motian (drums) and Dewey Redman (saxophone), whose output included The Survivors' Suite and Eyes of the Heart (both 1976). The American Quartet extended the range of Jarrrett's trio with Haden and Motian. The Survivors' Suite, recorded in 1976, is the crowning achievement of Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet" with Redman, Haden andMotian, and one of the all-time enduring masterpieces in the ECM catalogue.
Melody Maker: "The Survivors' Suite is a brilliantly organized and full-blooded work which provides the perfect setting for all four talents. This is a very complete record. It creates its own universe and explores it thoroughly, leaving the listener awed and satisfied...An unashamedly ardent album, Jarrett's very finest." The Wire: "The labyrinthine composition seems to redefine ‘intensity' each time it turns a corner. The drive toward the climax of Side Two is among the most moving in modern music, Dewey Redman absolutely titanic over the surging rhythms."
Keith Jarrett - Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Bass Recorder, Celeste, Osi Drums
Dewey Redman - Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
Charlie Haden - Double-Bass
Paul Motian - Drums, Percussion