Keith Jarrett

Posted by: jazztpt

Keith Jarrett - 09/27/12 05:04 AM

As someone started a thread on Oscar Peterson I thought I would start one for Keith Jarrett smile

I have to admit to a bit of hero worship here, his playing and his music just touches my soul.

Here are a few to get started:



Posted by: Manndrew

Re: Keith Jarrett - 09/27/12 04:27 PM

Jazzpt,

I agree with you completely. "The Good America" displays the more tender side of Jarrett. It's a wonderful piece. I still listen to Koln regularly and it never fails to amaze me how this music flowed out of him with apparently no preconceived planning. It's truly like an out of body experience I think to be that full of musical ideas that just release from the mind/spirit to the keyboard.

Andy
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: Keith Jarrett - 09/28/12 07:10 PM

He certainly is unique -- along with Bill Evans, he has an acute sensitivity to voicing, of just making the solo piano sound ravishing, much like many of the Classical piano practitioners. IMO, he went further than Evans in breaking from the Jazz tradition, creating canvases that borrow heavily from Jazz language but really attempt to be more gripping emotionally. Some of the European "Jazz" practitioners aspire to this, particularly in Scandinavia, and I believe Jarrett led the way in its development. The "Koln" album out of the '70's is quite justifiably regarded as a landmark album,and to my ear he deservedly has earned "cult" status. As Berlin said of Harold Arlen songs -- "Harold's best is THE best", so "Jarrett's best is THE best".
Posted by: Chopinlover49

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/01/12 10:53 AM

I couldn't agree more, Keith is a force of jazz. Wonderful idea posting this topic. He deserves it. So does Bill, for that matter.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/01/12 02:49 PM

Here's another of my favourites which I suspect anyone who plays the piano could appreciate.

Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/01/12 07:03 PM

I walked down the aisle at my wedding to Keith Jarrett's Somewhere Over the Rainbow smile. And Koln Concert was my soundtrack for my high school years!
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/02/12 02:32 AM

such an unbelievable improviser

Posted by: chrisbell

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/04/12 07:01 PM

He surely is.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/05/12 02:50 PM

Kenny Wheeler's first album for ECM and Keith Jarrett's last record as a sideman.
Kenny Wheeler(Flugel) Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Keith Jarrett (piano).

Jarrett is on record as saying he didn't enjoy the session but the music is sublime.

Wheeler and Jarrett - two of my all time favourites smile

Smatter from the album Gnu High, 1975.

Posted by: PianogrlNW

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/06/12 10:42 PM

The Koln Concert came out when I graduated from college. The vinyl wore out but I still play the CD. He also had an amazing vinyl of an organ concert (improvised) in Bremen, Germany. Keith Jarrett never seemed to be appreciated in the U.S., not sure why, maybe his arrogance, but did seem to be appreciated by Europeans.
Posted by: PianogrlNW

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/06/12 10:47 PM

Also meant to mention his performance of classical pieces. I have his CDs of Handel Suites for Keyboard and 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich. Keith is extremely talented with improvisation/jazz/and tradition classical.
Posted by: PianogrlNW

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/06/12 11:04 PM

This is an amazing performance. It sounds Bach-like but, is it Bach? Please tell us if you know.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 06:45 AM

PianogrlNW - thanks for the post of the Paris 1988 concert, I haven't heard this one for some reason, off to get it now :-)
Posted by: apple*

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 08:43 AM

I loved Keith Jarrett the first time I heard him (1975 I think). It's really the only one of the several albums i bought in my life. (i was always poor in a way).
Posted by: knotty

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 09:25 AM

Dec 1st in Newark NJ, I'll be there. Anyone else?
Posted by: beeboss

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 07:19 PM

Originally Posted By: PianogrlNW
This is an amazing performance. It sounds Bach-like but, is it Bach? Please tell us if you know.


Definitely improvised, but Jarrett was playing a real lot of Bach around this time, so that must have been a big factor.
Posted by: beeboss

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 07:19 PM

Originally Posted By: knotty
Dec 1st in Newark NJ, I'll be there. Anyone else?


I wish
Posted by: PianogrlNW

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/07/12 10:50 PM

I found another gem - check it out - gorgeous.

Posted by: Sir Lurksalot

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/08/12 10:22 AM

PianogrlNW,

You'd like the Bach-influenced section of this performance (at 5:13). Of course the whole thing is fantastic.

Posted by: PianogrlNW

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/08/12 10:47 AM

Sweet. I'm not a big fan of his singing along but like the piece. He does get a beautiful tone from the piano.

Originally Posted By: Sir Lurksalot
PianogrlNW,

You'd like the Bach-influenced section of this performance (at 5:13). Of course the whole thing is fantastic.



Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/09/12 02:25 PM

You have to just smile at this, joyful.

Posted by: Veelo

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/26/12 05:14 PM

PianogrlNW, I really like that piece "Toyko Encore". Thanks for the post!
Posted by: flat13sharp11

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/27/12 01:41 PM

I posted a few days ago a great version of My Song:

Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/27/12 02:27 PM

Wonderful ,I love this piece, not heard this version thanks for posting.
Posted by: flat13sharp11

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/28/12 10:52 AM

Thanks, I saw that another great version of Over the Rainbow has been uploaded from his concert in Rio last week. Not the best audio quality.



Posted by: apple*

Re: Keith Jarrett - 10/28/12 08:04 PM

oddly, I am listening to part 2 of the Koln concert. been listening off and on all day.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/10/12 03:05 AM

just saw this posted in another thread. Such a young Keith Jarrett, he's hardly recognizable... but then he starts playing grin

Posted by: davefrank

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/10/12 05:50 AM

We'll be seeing him play with the trio in a couple of weeks. The first note is always perfect. He'll play for 3 hours or so. The last note will definately be perfect. The only thing is, all the ones in between will be also be perfect.
Posted by: chrisbell

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/10/12 09:54 AM

Originally Posted By: davefrank
. . . The only thing is, all the ones in between will be also be perfect.
So sorry to hear that Dave. It must such a drag . . .
grin
Posted by: davefrank

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/10/12 11:36 AM

It is amazing to see constant perfection coming from a human being.
Posted by: Roland_Guy

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/15/12 05:01 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MOx-jY9BeE

MARVELOUS!!!
Posted by: RonL

Re: Keith Jarrett - 11/15/12 05:08 PM

There is a story that Miles Davis bumped into Keith Jarrett in an airport and says to him "What's it like to be F'ing genius?". Keith laughs and says "Same as always Miles".