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Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert

(Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz)

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Keith Jarrett ranks among the most accomplished and influential pianists in jazz history. His Köln Concert stands among the most important jazz recordings of the past four decades, not only because of the music on the record, but also because of the remarkable reception it has received from musicians and lay-listeners alike. Since the album's 1975 release, it has sold over ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 2012)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Elsdon's book about The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett certainly made me curious to read the other four books in the Oxford University Press series on great jazz recordings. In this one about Koln, the author explores the theoretical and philosophical bases of Jarrett's epic improvisational masterpiece - from his conceptions of music and creation to the patterns present in the music and their antecedents in the work of Paul Bley and Chick Corea and his own work, the author does an outstanding job ...more
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This book comes in the Oxford Studies of Recorded Jazz series, in which musicologists explore the context in which classic jazz recordings were made, as well as subject the music to some rigorous analysis.

Elsdon begins by exploring Keith Jarretts output in the years before the Köln concert. While Jarretts late 1960s work gets only brief mention, Elsdon shows how Jarretts encounter with ECM Records in the early 1970s and his growing popularity in Europe at the time shaped his career. The author
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