Keith Jarrett My Song on 180g LP
My Song is the second recording from one of the most outstanding groups of its era, Keith Jarrett's European Quartet. Jarrett had been well aware of these musicians since the late 1960s, had played with Palle Danielsson (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) in Norway, and long admired Jan Garbarek's saxophone approach. The interplay between Jarrett and Garbarek is uncanny, and the Danielsson/Christensen rhythm team swings wildly and delightfully. The musical compatibility of its members was instantly striking.
In the five years between the first album, 1974's Belonging, and the end of their story the quartet played infrequently enough for Jarrett to tell one journalist that it was less an ensemble than a ‘special event'. The pianist had other pressing demands on his time, then, including tours with a demanding American quartet in the final phase of its existence, and a burgeoning concert life as a popular solo improviser. In between, there was his European Quartet. Jarrett wrote music for the strengths of the individual players and for the sound they created as a unit, and the classic My Song album was recorded in 1977 after a series of nine concerts with the ECM touring festival, Evenings of Improvised Music.
"The influence of this quartet is out of all proportion to its brief life. Musicians on all instruments have been influenced and inspired by Keith Jarrett's work in general, but also by this quartet in particular. The European Quartet ceased to exist when it was at the height of its creativity." - Ian Carr