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Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1975
Recorded April 29–30, 1974
Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg
Genre Jazz
Length 35:44
Label ECM
ECM 1049
Producer Manfred Eicher
Keith Jarrett chronology
Death and the Flower
(1974)Death and the Flower1974

Luminessence is an album composed by American pianist Keith Jarrett featuring saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester conducted by Mladen Gutesha which was released on the ECM label in 1975.[1] Jarrett does not perform on this album.


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars and states "The concept is not unlike that of Stan Getz's Focus, but this music is far more static, downcast, and free of the pulse of jazz. As was characteristic of his writing then, Jarrett's string parts are mostly turgid and thick-set, indulging in weird, sliding microtones on "Windsong", weighted down by some kind of emotional burden. Particularly when delivering piercing sustained notes on soprano, Garbarek often sounds like a native of the Middle East".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 2.5/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keith Jarrett
  1. "Numinor" - 13:49
  2. "Windsong" - 6:32
  3. "Luminessence" - 15:23



  1. ^ Keith Jarrett discography accessed April 22, 2010
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed April 22, 2010
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 771. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 81. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.