Staircase (album)

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Staircase
Staircase (album).jpg
Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1976
Recorded May, 1976
Studio Davout Studios, Paris, France.
Genre Jazz
Length 74:27
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Keith Jarrett chronology
The Survivors' Suite
(1976)The Survivors' Suite1976
Staircase
(1976)
Eyes of the Heart
(1976)Eyes of the Heart1976

Staircase is the fourth solo album released on ECM by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. It features Jarrett performing four solo piano pieces recorded in the studio.[1]

Jarrett and producer Manfred Eicher had arrived at Studio Davout in Paris to record a soundtrack to Michèle Rosier's film Mon cœur est rouge (Paint My Heart Red).[2] Finishing early with several hours of studio time left and impressed by the quality of the studio's piano, they spontaneously decided to record this album.[3]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "One can always admire Jarrett's lovely tone and flexible touch, yet when he gets stuck for ideas, the repetitions finally begin to grate. Maybe he really needs the stimulus of a live audience in order to get the creative and rhythmic juices flowing when flying solo.".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz2.5/4 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keith Jarrett

Disc one, side one[edit]

Staircase:

  1. "Part 1" - 6:57
  2. "Part 2" - 7:58
  3. "Part 3" - 1:25

Disc one, side two[edit]

Hourglass:

  1. "Part 1" - 4:42
  2. "Part 2" - 14:03

Disc two, side one[edit]

Sundial:

  1. "Part 1" - 8:57
  2. "Part 2" - 4:55
  3. "Part 3" - 6:27

Disc two, side two[edit]

Sand:

  1. "Part 1" - 6:54
  2. "Part 2" - 8:48
  3. "Part 3" - 3:21

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ECM catalogue accessed December 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Mon cœur est rouge at Internet Movie Database accessed March 28, 2016
  3. ^ Ian Carr, Keith Jarrett: The Man and His Music page 93
  4. ^ a b Ginell, R. Allmusic Review accessed September 16, 2011
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 768. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 112. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.