Book of Ways

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Book of Ways
Book of Ways.jpg
Studio album by
Released1987
RecordedJuly, 1986
GenreImprovised music
Length101:02
LabelECM
ProducerManfred Eicher
Keith Jarrett chronology
Still Live
(1986)
Book of Ways
(1987)
J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I
(1988)

Book of Ways is a double album of improvised music written by and performed by Keith Jarrett on clavichord which was released on the ECM label in 1987.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 3 stars, noting, "Jarrett occasionally tries to stretch the instrument's limited possibilities, hammering percussively on the close-miked strings. Yet for the most part, Jarrett reins in his world-class technique in order to make unpretentiously minimal music on this ancient keyboard. Some of it sounds like folk music, some like new age contemplation, there are convincing neo-baroque musings, and a few of these untitled though numbered selections kick into a higher gear. Sometimes this music is charming; a lot of the time, it gets wearisome".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keith Jarrett

Disc One:

  1. "Book of Ways 1" - 9:08
  2. "Book of Ways 2" - 3:41
  3. "Book of Ways 3" - 4:03
  4. "Book of Ways 4" - 4:54
  5. "Book of Ways 5" - 2:58
  6. "Book of Ways 6" - 4:09
  7. "Book of Ways 7" - 3:36
  8. "Book of Ways 8" - 5:35
  9. "Book of Ways 9" - 5:02
  10. "Book of Ways 10" - 3:35

Disc Two:

  1. "Book of Ways 11" - 6:16
  2. "Book of Ways 12" - 4:08
  3. "Book of Ways 13" - 4:38
  4. "Book of Ways 14" - 7:13
  5. "Book of Ways 15" - 5:48
  6. "Book of Ways 16" - 7:37
  7. "Book of Ways 17" - 3:56
  8. "Book of Ways 18" - 7:16
  9. "Book of Ways 19" - 5:38
    • Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany in July, 1986

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith Jarrett discography accessed August 15, 2011
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed August 15, 2011