1973; short pieces for solo piano, strings, and various chamber ensembles, including a string quartet, a brass quintet, and a piece for cellos and trombones. This collection demonstrates a young composer's affinity for a variety of classical styles, with varying degrees of success.
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2. Luminessence - Keith Jarrett,Jan Garbarek,Südfunk Symphony Orchestra
1975; Luminessence (1974) and Arbour Zena (1975) both combine composed pieces for strings with improvising jazz musicians, including Jan Garbarek and Charlie Haden. The strings here have a moody, contemplative feel that is characteristic of the "ECM sound" of the 1970s, and is also particularly well-suited to Garbarek's keening saxophone improvisations. From an academic standpoint, these compositions are dismissed by many classical music aficionados as lightweight, but Jarrett appeared to be working more towards a synthesis between composed and improvised music at this time, rather than the production of formal classical works. From this point on, however, his classical work would adhere to more conventional disciplines.
1980; a piece for orchestra, percussion, and piano that Jarrett performed and recorded with the Syracuse Symphony under Christopher Keene. This piece is the largest and longest of Jarrett's efforts as a classical composer.
1988; New World Records released the CD Lou Harrison Piano Concerto & Suite for Violin, Piano and small orchestra, featuring Jarrett on piano with Naoto Otomo conducting the piano concerto with the New Japan Philharmonic. Robert Hughes conducted the Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra.
1992; Jarrett's performance of Peggy Granville-Hicks Etruscan Concerto with Dennis Russell Davies conducting The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. This was released on Music Masters Classics with pieces by Lou Harrison and Terry Riley.
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17. Bridge Of Light - Keith Jarrett,Thomas Crawford,Marcia Butler,Patricia McCarty,Michelle Makarski
1993; the last recording of classical compositions to appear under Jarrett's name. The album contains three pieces written for a soloist with orchestra, and one for violin and piano. The pieces date from 1984 and 1990.
1995; the record label Music Masters Jazz released a CD on which one track featured Jarrett performing the exquisite solo piano part in Lousadzak, a 17-minute piano concerto by American composer Alan Hovhaness. The conductor was Dennis Russell Davies.
1996; performer, ECM New Series: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concertos and Adagio and Fugue
Since the early 1970s, Jarrett's success as a jazz musician has enabled him to maintain a parallel career as a classical composer and performer, recording almost exclusively for ECM Records.
In 2004, Jarrett was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. The prestigious award usually associated with classical musicians and composers has only previously been given to one other jazz musician - Miles Davis. The first person to receive the award was Igor Stravinsky in 1959.