Album: Keith Jarrett, Rio (ECM)

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Forty years after his solo debut, pianist Jarrett follows recent live recordings in New York and London with this Rio date from April this year.

It starts nervily and there's some creative recycling of motifs, but once he builds up a head of steam the force is truly with him. The second of the two discs is a lyrical triumph to equal the Koln Concert, intense drama and emotional catharsis captured through long-haul, improvised performance.