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Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Keith Jarrett has always chosen wisely. Early on, the pianist partnered with musicians who helped shape the transition of jazz from the classic cool sounds of the 1950s though the more aggressive fusion period of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the early 1970s, Jarrett began a high wire act of recording and releasing a number of daring solo piano projects including the revered and respected Koln Concert (ECM, 1975). Manfred Eicher and his elite team at ECM Records ...

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Radio

Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups

Read "Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups" reviewed by Russell Perry


Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea emerged from the 60s among the best pianists of their generation. Recording steadily over the next five decades, they are iconic masters in many musical formats, particularly notable for their small ensemble work. As time has gone on, Jarrett has focussed on solo recordings and recordings in a trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, mostly live. While Corea records in a rich variety of settings, his best work is arguably in the intimate settings ...

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Book Review

Keith Jarrett: A Biography

Read "Keith Jarrett: A Biography" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Keith Jarrett: A Biography Wolfgang Sandner 215 Pages ISBN: 9781800500112 Equinox Publishing 2020 Given his impact on jazz and solo improvisation this past half century, relatively few are the books on Keith Jarrett. This is surprising, considering all the critical acclaim, the phenomenal influence he has had on countless musicians, his colossal commercial success and the headline-grabbing outbursts. Perhaps so few biographers have attempted to tackle Jarrett out of fear of failure to ...

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Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Burdened as it is by the news that, due to two strokes suffered in 2018, Keith Jarrett's glorious art of live composition is all but over, Budapest Concert has some serious heavy lifting to do. Triumphant and transcendent, it rises to the grand occasion and leaves the listener marveling at how any artist, of any age, of any discipline, can still capture the moment and the imagination so singularly as Jarrett does sixty years down the line. Recorded ...

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Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In October 2020 Keith Jarrett told the New York Times, “I don't know what my future is supposed to be." In that interview, he revealed what had been rumored for some time. A 2018 stroke—one of two that he had suffered—had left him unable to walk and, without the use of his left hand, perhaps permanently. The ubiquitous music of Keith Jarrett has transcended much of what we think about genres, styles, and most of all, improvisation. Whether one prefers ...

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Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Munich 2016

Read "Munich 2016" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Though he's had to modify his approach to his singular style of improvisation since his noted bout with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome roughly 1996-1998 and its exhausting recurrences since, Keith Jarrett continues to astonish with the music he conjures from thin air. There have been some intense examples of the peaks he still reaches (2005's Radiance, 2006's The Carnegie Hall Concert, 2009's Testament-Paris/London, and 2011's infectious and intoxicating Rio, all ECM). Munich 2016 stands alongside them. With the era ...

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Album Review

Keith Jarrett: Munich 2016

Read "Munich 2016" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The second coming of Keith Jarrett—post-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—was well behind him by the time he performed in Munich, Germany in 2016. The piano prodigy is captured in ECM's home town at a Philharmonic Hall solo concert at the end of his European tour. His improvisational skills in top form, he displays his genius across twelve extemporaneous compositions and three encores, on the two-disc set Munich 2016. For this recording, Jarrett broke with his frequent practice of live improvisations ...


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