For some reason, Collectables
chose to mix these albums by 2 different artists on one CD – but at this price, who cares? Restoration Ruin is very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty hippy-dippy – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he does in kind of a hip, bluesy, jazz-based style. The songs have actual lyrics, not scatting bits, and the feel here is almost folk rock inflected with jazz – which makes for a very interesting mix, and some really great songs that would appeal to those who like the left end of the folk/
jazz continuum of the late 60s. Includes the funky "All Right", plus "Restoration Ruin", "Have A Real Time", "Wonders", "You're Fortunate", and "Where Are You Going". Equally great is Bap-Tizum, a nice live session recorded by the Art Ensemble at the legendary Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Fest. The Art Ensemble's in excellent form, and lay down a stellar performance throughout. The set ranges from driving percussion jams to spare tenor soloing with bass accompaniment. Great stuff, and one of their landmark American recordings. Includes "Unanka", "Immm", and "Odwalla".
(Out of print.)