Invocations/The Moth and the Flame

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Invocations/The Moth and the Flame
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Studio album by
RecordedNovember, 1979 and November, 1980
GenreImprovised music
ProducerManfred Eicher
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Invocations/The Moth and the Flame is a double album of improvised music written by and performed by Keith Jarrett on soprano saxophone and Pipe Organ ("Invocations" - recorded at the Benedictine Abbey in Ottobeuren, Germany) and Piano ("The Moth and the Flame") which was released on the ECM label in 1981.[1]


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 3 stars, noting, "If this schizophrenic double-CD set didn't throw Keith Jarrett's most devoted fans for a loop, nothing ever will. Here we have two radically disparate works involving different timbres, attacks and mindsets, both within themselves and with each other. On "Invocations," a seven-movement suite, Jarrett returns to the massive pipe organ in Ottobeuren, Germany for a series of sometimes wildly contrasting episodes... "The Moth and the Flame" finds Jarrett back in a studio with a grand piano, improvising musical still lifes, rambling aimlessly, or doing his rollicking E-flat ostinato thing familiar from the solo concerts. About all that these two pieces share, with the exception of the E-flat movement from "Moth," is an aversion to a jazz pulse, so although there are plenty of rewarding passages here, casual Jarrett browsers are hereby warned".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keith Jarrett

Disc One:

  1. "Invocations-First (Solo Voice)" - 5:21
  2. "Invocations-Second (Mirages,Realities)" - 8:58
  3. "Invocations-Third (Power, Resolve)" - 7:32
  4. "Invocations-Fourth (Shock, Scatter)" - 6:48
  5. "Invocations-Fifth (Recognition)" - 5:04
  6. "Invocations-Sixth (Celebration)" - 5:33
  7. "Invocations-Seventh (Solo Voice)" - 3:04

Disc Two:

  1. "The Moth and the Flame Part 1" - 6:58
  2. "The Moth and the Flame Part 2" - 5:36
  3. "The Moth and the Flame Part 3" - 8:23
  4. "The Moth and the Flame Part 4" - 8:07
  5. "The Moth and the Flame Part 5" - 9:42
  • Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany in November, 1979 (Disc Two) and at Ottobeuren Abbey, West Germany in November 1980 (Disc One).



  1. ^ Keith Jarrett discography accessed August 15, 2011
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed August 15, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 112. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.