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#2509244 - Yesterday at 07:27 PM Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14
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Every time I've had the opportunity to see Keith play live I've been STUNNED anew. Nothing can prepare you to hear this man's playing. You think you remember how it sounds in general but when you hear him again live you realize your memory doesn't even come close to the reality of the sound you are hearing. As many times as I've been stunned by the freshness, beauty, originality, scope, breathtaking touch and control of the keyboard that he displays in every note, I must say that last night's concert left me COMPLETELY SHOCKED! Here is a man who is dimensions ahead of the closest human, qualitatively, quantitatively, in every way. It's as if a being from an utterly advanced civilization has dropped onto 7th Ave. I had images of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring concert, I thought the audience could just RIOT at any moment haha!

A good deal of this concert was utterly new sounding music. He also tells you what he is doing, musically, partially to help you to accept the sounds you are about to hear. Last night he said that he was totally tired of everything about traditional music - melody, harmony, etc. He said he was only interested in total dissonance, and that any time he felt a harmony resolving, he would get out of it immediately. He then IMROVISED a completely new music, someplace between tonality, atonality, and God-knows where. All played with that great top melody (sometimes in the middle), layer upon layer of perfectly textured and controlled sound, endless flows of rising and falling emotion, and deep feeling. The Divine perfectly represented in piano-sound.

In addition to the new music, he also played lots of boogies, blues, one ragtimey thing, wild vamps and a standard or two. Let's not talk about the tantrums which were heavy towards the end, (it's like a zig-zagging religious ceremony - first he blesses the audience, then he curses the audience (picture takers), then he blesses the audience again haha!- for they just mean nothing in the face of such display of beautiful sound.

If Keith is within 3000 miles of you giving a concert you won't be sorry that you made the effort to hear him. Lennie Tristano used to tell us that the piano was just a pile of JUNK -strings, bolts, etc., but when Bud Powell played it it was something else. Keith can take that junk and leave you breathless. Thanks Keith, have a cigar man!!


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#2509266 - Yesterday at 08:52 PM Re: Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14 [Re: Dfrankjazz]
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Needless to say, you are a HUGE fan, and that is what colors your take on Mr. Jarrett. His talent aside, his disdain for his own fans leaves one in the position of shying away from his performances.

I KNOW you will enjoy this show and I am truly happy that your piano idol is still alive and performing. Mine has unfortunately passed on for many years.

But, Dave, if you so much as have the sniffles, a throat tickle, allergies that bring on a sneeze, please do yourself a favor and stay home, lest your are prepared to be cursed at by your idol.

Enjoy!
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#2509406 - Today at 08:36 AM Re: Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14 [Re: Dfrankjazz]
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Just to clarify, I think you saw Keith's performance on 2/9/16 not 2014. A simple error.

I am also a huge fan of KJ. If he were to play in Miami or Atlanta (I live in Orlando) I would be looking at attending. He is a musical giant (not just a piano giant in my estimation). He has deep musical insights. He also has major issues personally. He is able to act the prima dona in his life as a great artist. Not necessary, but he believes it, so he does it.

I recently watched him recently on youTube receiving a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts award. He said he travels with a special mattress to sleep on. He has back/neck problems and chiropractors deriving from his physical gyrations when he plays. He has convinced himself that this is a manifestation of his creative process.

I also read an account once of a guy who said he shared an elevator with KJ in Tokyo. He said he told KJ that he had been a huge fan for many years. He said Keith simply ignored him, just staring ahead. Whether this story is true or not, it falls in line with Keith's behavior.

None of this behavior makes rational sense. Like religion, it is imaginary. But Keith believes it is all part of his creative process. So be it. His music will be listened to and marveled at 50 years from now when he's long been gone from the planet.

I have grown tired of his solo recording releases, but as I've said before, I think this is my own shortcoming, not Keith's. I myself would like to see him begin another path musically. Whatever that might be.
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#2509423 - Today at 09:43 AM Re: Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14 [Re: Dfrankjazz]
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You need to separate person and performance, but I agree it's hard when it comes to Keith.

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#2509430 - Today at 10:19 AM Re: Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14 [Re: indigo_dave]
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Originally Posted By indigo_dave

He has back/neck problems and chiropractors deriving from his physical gyrations when he plays. He has convinced himself that this is a manifestation of his creative process.
...None of this behavior makes rational sense. Like religion, it is imaginary. But Keith believes it is all part of his creative process. .
Don't agree. This applies to body language during the performance, and it is completely personal. At Thelonious Monk it is expressed in the movement of the legs, especially the right; and if his feet where tied to the legs the chair, Monk certainly would refuse to play. I once analyzed the body movements ofJarrett and his phrasing - relation is clearly visible and audible.
When asked about these movements Jarrett replied that It has emerged from itself in adolescence.

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#2509477 - Today at 12:41 PM Re: Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall 2/9/14 [Re: Nahum]
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Nahum Said:
"Don't agree. This applies to body language during the performance, and it is completely personal. At Thelonious Monk it is expressed in the movement of the legs, especially the right; and if his feet where tied to the legs the chair, Monk certainly would refuse to play. I once analyzed the body movements ofJarrett and his phrasing - relation is clearly visible and audible.
When asked about these movements Jarrett replied that It has emerged from itself in adolescence."

I recently read an interview question to KJ. He was asked why he didn't vocalize (his trademark hoots, hollers and moans) when he played classical music. He said he was "trained" not to do it by conductors. If he was trained by conductors not to moan an so forth, it would appear it wasn't necessary. I don't have a problem with vocalizations during improvisation. I don't even have a problem with him wrecking his back and neck. It's just that is not truly necessary. It's not even necessary for the rudeness he exhibits in many situations. He probably had negative examples set by a parent or some such childhood situation.

None of this invalidates the quality and value of his music. Only lessens him as a fellow human being. All his study into the metaphysical and his treatment of people, at least in many situations, don't add up.


Edited by indigo_dave (Today at 01:52 PM)
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