ECM 180g LP imported from Germany.
Recorded in 1971, this album has correctly been called a "blueprint" for the legendary solo concert albums that Jarrett subsequently produced. But "Facing You" certainly should be appreciated in its own right...it deservedly caused an enormous commotion in the jazz world when it was released. While it is a studio recording, it also was essentially improvised (recorded in a period of about five hours on a single day) and all of the fiery energy, seamless blending of wildly different musical genres, innovative use of the sustain pedal, and melodic genius that characterize his later work are present here...even his "singing" makes a subtle appearance. This work is highly recommended.
If Beethoven was the great piano improvisor of the 19th century, the title in the 20th century should arguably go to this man. With very few exceptions, one basically cannot go wrong with a Keith Jarrett recording. If you have any affection for piano music, you will love his work...whether your tastes run to jazz, classical, even rock, there's something in Jarrett's music that bridges them all.