Keith Jarrett
Arbour Zena

ECM Records

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“I consider this one of my most richly lyrical and consistently inspired works,” wrote Keith Jarrett of “Mirrors”, the almost half-hour long concluding piece on Arbour Zena. “Jan Garbarek’s contribution is irreplaceable and ecstatic.” It is easy to agree that Arbour Zena as a whole is one of Jarrett’s most exceptional albums. Evocative writing for strings, beautiful playing by Keith and Jan and by Charlie Haden at his most soulful, and a glowing panoramic production make this 1975 recording one of the finest of the early ECMs.


Keith Jarrett  Piano

Jan Garbarek  Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

Charlie Haden  Bass

Members of the RSO Stuttgart   

Mladen Gutesha  Conductor 

“Ultimately overshadowed by ‘The Köln Concert’ recorded earlier in 1975 ‘Arbour Zena’ was recorded in the autumn (when ‘The Köln Concert’ was released) but this expansive chamber work, the product of the studio, was everything the solo live piano album could not possibly be, and would have to wait a short while until the following year to be released. ‘Arbour Zena’ finds Jarrett alongside the Belonging Band’s Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano saxophone and Charlie Haden from the American quartet plus a string orchestra plucked from Stuttgart’s Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Sarajevo-born conductor Mladen (aka Bobby) Gutesha conducting. Recorded at the Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart[...]  the initially shimmering Copland-esque ‘Runes’ (dedicated to the unknown by Jarrett) takes your breath away, Jarrett’s naked improvising power cut loose after the five minute mark and by 11 minutes in it’s like a mystical earth ritual listening to Garbarek in diaphonous repose responding with great waves of emotion, the saxophone just the means of expression to hand. Followed by the more sprawling and latinate ‘Solara March’ (cellist Pablo Casals and ‘the sun’ the dedicatees) and then the long ‘Mirrors’, it’s an often enthralling unfairly under-appreciated album, quite beautiful in places with Jarrett cocooned by the strings rather than cocooning them.” - Stephen Graham, Marlbank

Press Release

Item description:


Keith Jarrett ‎


Arbour Zena


ECM Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo



Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original - 1976


Jazz, Classical


Contemporary Jazz, Contemporary

Catalog No:

ECM 1070