In addition to his solo piano concerts and the American group he led that featured tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, Keith Jarrett was also busy in the mid-'70s with his European band, a quartet comprised of Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano, bassist Palle Danielsson, and drummer Jon Christensen. Due to the popularity of the haunting "My Song," this album is the best known of the Jarrett-Garbarek collaborations and it actually is their most rewarding meeting on record. Jarrett contributed all six compositions and the results are relaxed and introspective yet full of inner tension.
There is a lot of music on this set, including the 30-minute "Oasis." This is a Live at the Village Vanguard recording by pianist Keith Jarrett and his European quartet (Jan Garbarek on soprano and tenor, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen). The pianist very much dominates the music but Garbarek's unique floating tone on his instruments and the subtle accompaniment by Danielsson and Christensen are also noteworthy.
Urban’s previous album, 2016’s Ripcord, featured a headline-making collaboration with Pitbull and Nile Rodgers—a statement about his interest in venturing beyond genre boundaries. Here, the country dynamo continues exploring crossover sounds, though perhaps more subtly. “Coming Home” finds singer/songwriter Julia Michaels draping her soprano over a Merle Haggard sample, “Drop Top” takes cues from EDM with an ethereal topline by Kassi Ashton, and summer anthem “Horses” gushes with Bleachers-level energy. The Ed Sheeran-penned "Parallel Line" captures the songwriter's romantic sensibilities and could very well become Urban's "Thinking Out Loud.”