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Keith Jarrett – Staircase

Author: Colin | Published: 24/3/12

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Artist Keith Jarrett
Title Staircase
Label ECM
Year 1977
Design Photos: Franco Fontana, Design: B. Wojirsch
Music Solo, improvised piano
Notes Oh those gatefold 1970s sleeves. The ECM designs like this one are so wonderfully simple yet monumental. Another favourite is Jarrett’s quartet three-sider, Eyes of the Heart, with its imagery so resonant that you can almost feel the cool of the shadow and the heat of the sun at the same time. Barbara Wojirsch here is less expressive than elsewhere, but just the placement of the sparse wording and particularly that of the title ‘SAND’ on the back cover hovering above the azure blue sky (well, it is in the original minus the moire of my poor photograph). Can this really be the first actual post dedicated to an ECM design? For shame. Do you have a favourite ECM sleeve? Please let me know, I’d be interested to hear.
Also Barbara Wojirsch, Dieter Rehm, ECM
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