Back Hand

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Back Hand
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Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1974
Recorded October 9 & 10, 1974
Studio Generation Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:29
Label Impulse!
Producer Ed Michel
Keith Jarrett chronology
Death and the Flower
Back Hand
The Köln Concert

Back Hand is the fourth album on the Impulse label by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. Originally released in 1974 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 its appearance in the The Impulse Years: 1973-1974 boxset, Back Hand has only ever been reissued on compact disc in Japan, packaged in a miniature replica of the original vinyl LP sleeve. It also appeared in Italy, in 2001, as a supplement to "La Repubblica" national newspaper, copyrighted as "Musicom S.R.L."


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4.5 stars stating "The group (with Jarrett occasionally switching to flute and Redman to the bizarre-sounding musette) is in typically exploratory, yet often melodic form on lengthy renditions of four of Jarrett's inside/outside originals.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Inflight" - 9:04
  2. "Kuum" - 11:34
  3. "Vapallia" - 7:46
  4. "Back Hand" - 11:05
All compositions by Keith Jarrett
    • Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, NYC, October 9 & 10, 1974

The Italian edition also features a fifth track: "Victoria" - 5:04 (composed by Jarrett and Paul Motian)


  • Tony May - engineer
  • Baker Bigsby - mix engineering
  • Rom Wilkes - art direction
  • Tim Bryant - design


  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 16, 2011
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 112. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.