Shades (Keith Jarrett album)

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Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1976
Recorded 1975
Genre Jazz
Length 33:46
Label Impulse!
Producer Esmond Edwards
Keith Jarrett chronology
Arbour Zena
The Survivors' Suite

Shades is the fifth album on the Impulse label by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. Originally released in 1976 it features performances by Jarrett's 'American Quartet' which included Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian with Guilherme Franco added on percussion.

Aside from appearing in the Mysteries: The Impulse Years 1975-1976 boxset, Shades was only issued on compact disc in Japan, packaged in a miniature replica of the original vinyl LP sleeve. In October 2011, it was reissued internationally as part of the Impulse! 2-on-1 series, packaged with Mysteries in a single disc format titled Mysteries / Shades.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4.5 stars stating "Throughout, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Paul Motian and percussionist Guilherme Franco keep the band's juices flowing.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shades of Jazz" - 9:54
  2. "Southern Smiles" - 7:52
  3. "Rose Petals" - 8:56
  4. "Diatribe" - 7:04
All compositions by Keith Jarrett
  • Tracks 1, 3 recorded December 11, 1975 at Generation Sound Studios, NYC
  • Tracks 2, 4 recorded December 12, 1975 at Generation Sound Studios, NYC[2]



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 15, 2011
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 13 July 2012.