Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.
Originally attributed to Miles Davis, the tune Solar was written by the jazz guitarist Chuck Wayne. It was first heard at an intimate 1946 jam session in Oklahoma City. Later, Davis included it on his 1954 album, Walkin’.
Here is an ecstatic improvisation on Solar by the American pianist, Keith Jarrett. The athletic performance took place in Japan in 1987. Laced with sensuous sixths, at moments it feels like an overly exuberant Brahms Hungarian Dance overlaid with Latin American swing.
This trio version, in which Keith Jarrett is joined by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, was recorded live in Tokyo in 1993:
Here is the original version by Miles Davis:
- Keith Jarrett – Solo Tribute: The 100th Performance in Japan, Keith Jarrett, Amazon
- Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack De Johnette: Live in Japan 93/96 Amazon
- Miles Davis: Walkin’, milesdavis.com
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