Keith Jarrett Radiance (ECM) Keith Jarrett is a controversial, critically divisive artist. This set will convert none of those who loathe him, but will delight those who love him, and may provide the undecided with something easier to chew over than many of his previous solo piano marathons. Recorded live in 2002 in concert in Japan, the two-disc set comprises an entire show recorded in Osaka and four pieces captured in Tokyo three days later. Although they're billed as a 17-part suite, the join between the two dates isn't seamless. Nevertheless the last four pieces form an appropriate coda to the first 13, even if their inclusion is intended mostly to fill the disc. Both concerts bear testimony to the extraordinary fecundity of Jarrett's musical imagination. On both evenings he sat down at the piano without the first idea of what he would play, and let it flow out through his fingers. From the classic Koln Concert on, Jarrett's solo performances have been mostly long improvisations. All parts of Radiance are recognisably individual compositions - albeit spontaneous ones - but each leads into the next with a logic Jarrett claims comes unaided from the subconscious. Whatever the explanation, the result is something as satisfying as his extended pieces while being less taxing for both performer and audience. Jarrett has in recent years been in less than completely robust health. By turns lyrical and percussive, full of ominous rumblings and jagged discords, resolving into delicately melodic passages of great beauty, this is an album to play to anybody who believes jazz piano at its peak to be inferior to its classical counterpart. The music is, indeed, full of classical echoes from Chopin to Shostakovich. It's not The Koln Concert, but this is a great deal more satisfactory than many of its successors, and as Jarrett's first unaccompanied solo release in six years, demonstrates that he has more remarkable recitals in him yet.