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Thread: Thoughts on Keith Jarrett?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post


    With Jarrett’s long single-note melodic lines, he reminds me of the great Bud Powell and the long intricate lines of Lenny Tristano. I wasn’t as much of a fan of Keith’s solo albums but I admire that he was always pushing himself to his absolute limits.
    Yes - my feelings entirely. Great single lines. His current trio for me is his best work, though Gary Peacock playing out of tune in thumb position is a constant trial for the listener. He really should fix this - modern bassists are very in tune with their usual conservatoire training.

    The difficulty with solo jazz piano is that you conventionally need to play the bass notes which otherwise in a trio are played by the bassist, enabling the left hand of the pianist to simply play a variety of substitute chords. The advantage is not only the dynamic interplay with the bassist but the greater liberation of the right hand. Jarrett himself said that he needed to give his left hand more liberation, so it wasn't just dependent on his right hand, and he now plays more interesting figures in the left hand (Brad Mehldau is a good example of left hand liberation). In his solo concerts you do get the rocky rhythms that modern audiences like, but it's a sacrifice in terms of the greater expressive freedom in his trios, and the more interesting interplay. The jazz rhythm section is one of the great American innovations of the 20th Century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regenmusic View Post
    When I saw that he could do that Mozart concerto for two pianos with Corea, it improved my opinion of him. I always realized he had a tremendous gift. Sadly, most of these jazz guys are too "jazz" for me, too into evolving the work backwards into sounding somewhat like standards. I know there are many who don't do that. The Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala is someone who doesn't do that. Jarrett still seems to be in Jazz modalities eventually, or something that sounds a bit like non-adventurous classical, too much of the time for my tastes. Music criticism is harsh, and not saying, "that's bad music." I wanted Jarrett to be more innovative that what I've heard so far but really enjoying this right now:

    The Vienna Concert has some very adventurous stuff, and the Koln and Sun Bear concerts show his supreme melodic sense. If you want some truly adventurous and difficult stuff, the Munich/Bregenz ones are toughies...

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    Nice:


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    An old favorite.
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