Radiance (album)

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Live album by
Released2005, May [1]
Recorded2002, October 27 and 30 [2]
VenueFestival Hall, Osaka (Japan)
Metropolitan Festival Hall, Tokyo (Japan)
LabelECM Records
[ECM 1960/1961]
ProducerManfred Eicher
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Radiance is a double-album by American pianist Keith Jarrett recorded in 2002 in Japan at two different concerts: Osaka (October 27) and Tokyo (October 30). It was released by ECM Records in 2005.[1]

After dismissing the idea of performing lengthy improvised solos (see A Multitude of Angels), Radiance marked a new beginning in Jarrett's approach to solo piano concerts and this would be assessed in future solo recordings. According to keithjarrett.org, the documented 2002 Osaka and Tokyo concerts were only his third and fourth solo performances since temporarily retiring due to chronic fatigue syndrome; the other two had taken place in Tokyo in September 1999.[3]

Original notes[edit]

On the double-CD original notes, "Some Words About The Music", Keith Jarrett states that:

The first 13 tracks are discrete pieces drawn from each previous piece, and constitute the entire concert in Osaka. The second piece would not have existed without the first, etc. The audience in Japan also was not prepared for this format, so you will notice no applause at times. Not so strangely, this gave me a chance to really know what to play next. It was a gift to have no applause. Not so much of a gift was the coughing, but still, after experimenting with taking some of the coughs out of the mix, I opted for everything to be there. The event lays itself out as it happened. I was slightly shocked to notice that the concert had arranged itself into a musical structure despite my every effort to be oblivious to the overall outcome. I should not have felt this way, however, for the subconscious musical choices of sequence were made out of the personal need for the next thing. This is what one should keep in mind while listening. We are all players and we are all being played.


The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4.5 stars, stating, "His process is immediate, poignant, and utterly engaging throughout and marks a new phase in his solo recordings that will spur great interest in any open-minded listener interested in improvisational music.".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music by Keith Jarrett
  1. "Radiance, Part 1" – 12:18
  2. "Radiance, Part 2" – 8:53
  3. "Radiance, Part 3" – 5:58
  4. "Radiance, Part 4" – 1:33
  5. "Radiance, Part 5" – 10:58
  6. "Radiance, Part 6" – 8:00
  7. "Radiance, Part 7" – 9:51
  8. "Radiance, Part 8" – 5:25
  9. "Radiance, Part 9" – 6:11
  10. "Radiance, Part 10" – 13:55
  11. "Radiance, Part 11" – 1:40
  12. "Radiance, Part 12" – 7:06
  13. "Radiance, Part 13" – 5:58
  14. "Radiance, Part 14" – 14:04
  15. "Radiance, Part 15" – 10:03
  16. "Radiance, Part 16" – 3:23
  17. "Radiance, Part 17" – 14:12

Total effective playing time: 2:14:01 (the album contains 5:35 applause approximately)


  • Keith Jarrett – piano

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Martin Pearson – Recording engineer
  • Yoshihiro Suzuki – Assistant
  • Peter Neusser – Cover photo
  • Junichi Hirayama – Cover photos
  • Sascha Kleis – Design


  1. ^ a b ECM Records Keith Jarrett: Radiance accessed May 2020
  2. ^ Keith Jarrett discography Keith Jarrett discography, accessed May 2020
  3. ^ keithjarrett.org Keith Jarrett past concerts 2002 accessed May 2020
  4. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed October 1, 2018
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 771. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.

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