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Keith Jarrett is probably the most influential jazz pianist living today: his concerts have made him world famous. He was a child prodigy who had his first solo performance at the age of seven. In the sixties he played with the Jazz Messengers and then with the Charles Lloyd Quartet, touring Europe, Asia, and Russia. He played electric keyboards with Miles Davis at the beg ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 22nd 1992 by Da Capo Press (first published 1991)
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Michael Finocchiaro
If you have listened to the Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett, you have only scratched the surface of this consummate pianist (and if you haven't - what are you waiting for?). Keith's music is incredibly diverse and oh, so full of beauty. Whether it is his solo improvisations (of which admittedly Köln is the most surprising and moving IMHO), his trios, his quartets or his classical work (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich,...), there is so much variety here. Any yet, I would have missed all this ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Jazz has always been too difficult and unapproachable for me, but that doesn't mean I can't try to learn some more about it. Throughout this book I've listened to a lot of records made by Jarrett and artists he's collaborated with. While I doubt I went too much into unknown territory it was a nice journey. One day I'll be familiar with jazz and I'm reaching that goal one step at a time.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: musicians, jazz and classical fans, artists
Maligned in ways that I still can't quite comprehend, Jarrett is at least on par with Van Gogh: if that is not acknowledged in this lifetime then I am certain it will be in succeeding ones.

At 65, his recorded output is prodigious and astounding (70 recordings as leader plus 10 classical and another 25 as sideman); the diversity of compositions and performances, equally so. He is not a "jazz" musician but a Musician. Everything he does is about the music as the source of wonder and revelation and
Кремена Михайлова
"For me, it’s hard to understand why a musician needs more than the music."

At the end of the book I realized that nothing more than Keith Jarrett’s music was needed – no words, no explanations, no facts… All I’ve learned (and felt) about him is from his music.

Nevertheless, simultaneously reading the biography and listening to Keith Jarrett’s music, I experienced an exciting artistic journey - from the 60’s Charles Lloyd quartet, the American and the European quartets, the unparalleled solo impro
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Worth reading but you may find you don't much warm to the man. His music, well most of it, is another matter. Some of it is very much of its time (70's) but the playing, musicality and improvisational genius of the later output is timeless and essential listening. "Standards live" and "Still live" would probably be my top recommendations. Those who moan about his grunts and wails just don't get it - for me they are part and parcel of the music and enhance my enjoyment of it. As a relief from the ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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First of all, Ian Carr is (was) a musician and a writer, so that helps a big deal. The book is what it is and its approach (the music and artistic evolution of the subject) very adequate.
Then, Mr. Carr is a Jarrett enthusiast but that doesn't deter him from being harsh when describing a subpar album like "Restoration ruin" (1968), stating that "As a bit of juvenilia, this is an impressive achievement in terms of instrumental competence, but as art it is disastrous."
It's a pity that the biography
Edward Wakefield
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ian Carr is a solid biographer and manages to explain (straight faced, so to speak) the orgiastic joy Jarrett goes through on his epic improvisations. You'll understand why a C major chord is so painful.
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Had this book a long time but avoided reading it thinking it would be just another recounting of details. Instead the book was well written with great insights into Jarrett's process. Inspired me to listen more and confirmed many feelings I had about his music.
Serge Pierro
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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My favorite piano player. It was great to read about the genius of Keith Jarrett. His solo piano playing had a very profound influence on my guitar playing. I love his epic solo piano works, and read with great interest his thoughts and philosophies on music.
Apr 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jazz, music, biography
A good bio about one of the greatest living pianists, in jazz, classical, or any other genre.
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Ian Carr was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator.

Apart from writing a regular column for the BBC Music Magazine, Carr wrote biographies of the jazz musicians Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis. He was also the co-author of the reference work The Rough Guide to Jazz which has passed through four editions from 1994 (originally Jazz, The Essential Companion, 1988). In addition he cont

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“Peacock and DeJohnette have the same kind of integrity as Jarrett in their life and their work, the same values and commitment. Above all, they followed their inner needs and instincts and were always scrupulously honest: they would never continue to work with Jarrett if they could not commit themselves to his music; in such a case, they would simply leave. There was also a mutual respect of a very high order.” 2 likes
“Keith Jarrett’s achievements and contribution are immense and unique and it is primarily the fact that he cannot be pigeonholed which has so confused the critics. The breath of his vision and abilities has cut across all categories, encompassing most forms of musical creation. Although he has never had the kind of popularity enjoyed by successful pop or rock musicians, he has built up a substantial following all over the world and at the same time has earned the admiration of his peers – a very rare duality of recognition. As well as this, countless unknown and little-known musicians on all instruments pay affectionate homage to him and his work, recognizing him as one of the central figures of the last three decades of the century.” 2 likes
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