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This was one of my first ECM records, and for many it may seem a curiosity, being the only one in Jarrett‘s long story with the German label, where he is touching eletcric keyboards. It was recorded at the end of his time with Miles as an „electric keyboard wizard“, it has the looseness of an „after hours“-session with African moods and a quite exotic flair, a million miles away from American songbooks. Jack De Johnette‘s melodic feel on drums and percussion makes up for a perfect couple of like-minded spirits. For reasons I cannot explain really, I will love this album forever. It is uncomparable with any other album they did together. There are records you have had a great story with, you offer them some good place in the back of your mind without ever revisiting them. This is one of those I return to since my teenager days. Though it got a new cover design at some point in time, I was always happy with the surreal naivety of the original cover. Let‘s speak about music sending you places …


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  1. Rosato:

    RUTA AND DAITYA ist die erste Aufnahme Jarretts für ECM, eingespielt vor FACING YOU.

    Das Original Cover zeigt, dass Ruta & Daitya zwei Inseln sind. Es gefällt mir viel besser als das nüchterne, geheimnislose Neue.

    Für mich eines der spannendsten & eigenartigsten Recordings von Jarrett.

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    You take the words right out of my mouth.

  3. Brian Whistler:

    I totally agree. I still have the vinyl, and you have inspired me to place it on my record player this am. Great music and I also agree, the original cover art, although not typical ECM, was delightful.

  4. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Always addictive.

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