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Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1977
Recorded October, 1976
Genre Jazz
Length 39:29
Label Impulse!
Producer Esmond Edwards
Keith Jarrett chronology

Bop-Be is the final album on the Impulse label by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett's 'American Quartet'. Originally released in 1977, it features performances by Jarrett, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian. It is the last album recorded by the American Quartet and the final album Jarrett released on a label other than ECM.

To date, Bop-Be has only ever been reissued on compact disc in Japan, packaged in a miniature replica of the original vinyl LP sleeve. However, it was included in the four-disc collection Mysteries: The Impulse Years 1975-1976. This also applies to the Jarrett album Back Hand.

A CD issued by GRP in the early 90's titled Silence included all but one track of this album, and five of the seven tracks from Byablue.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an "A" and highlighted saxophonist Dewey Redman for his three compositions and dominant playing on what is by name only a pianist's album.[2] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Richard S. Ginell gave it four stars and found it nearly as good as Byablue, Jarrett's previous album with the American Quartet.[3] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide (1985) gave it three stars.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mushi Mushi" (Redman) - 6:03
  2. "Silence" (Haden) - 3:16
  3. "Bop-Be" (Jarrett) - 6:59
  4. "Pyramids Moving" (Redman) - 3:41
  5. "Gotta Get Some Sleep" (Redman) - 10:35
  6. "Blackberry Winter" (McGlohon, Wilder) - 3:38
  7. "Pocket Full of Cherry" (Haden) - 5:17
  • Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, NYC, October, 1976



  1. ^ "Silence". Discogs. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 26, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ginell, R. Allmusic Review accessed September 12, 2011
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 112. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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