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Keith Jarrett - La Fenice #2782566
11/19/18 01:34 PM
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Keith, although having dropped off the face of the earth this year, just recently released a new live 2 CD set of a solo concert recorded in 1996. It's always a total SHOCK to listen to Keith again after a period of not listening. Compared to Keith, everyone who plays the piano is an amoeba compared to the Einstein that Keith is. This concert captures Keith at a peak in his career, and features all the different moods, tonal and atonal harmonies, boogies (one of the best I ever heard from him), free ballads, classically influenced improvisations, even a straight ahead Stella by Starlight with an extended Dave McKenna style walking bassline section - wow!

Every nuance of the CD is out of this world- touch, tone, layering, inner lines up the kazoo, an epic version of MY Wild Irish Rose, massive use of the whole keyboard, and I'm only done with one of the two CD's so far) There is everybody else that ever lived, and then there is THIS. Listen to this genius/master/father of modern piano at your own risk! Has there been another Bach since 1742?

At this point he has removed himself from view..perhaps he's too disgusted with this world in the Trump era and feels we don't deserve to get taken to heaven any more? Obviously serious illness or Chronic Fatigue may have him sidelined, whoever is in charge of his PR is also a genius, not one leak in the boat since March...




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Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2782577
11/19/18 02:32 PM
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Hi Dave

Thanks for the enthusiastic review!

I have a large collection of his albums already (maybe 15 or so) so find it hard to justify buying another, but I'm very tempted now!

Cheers


Simon
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Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2782597
11/19/18 03:43 PM
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Agree with everything you say Dave but isnt the La Fenice performance from 2006 ?

Also incredibly a lot of the tracks have popped up on YouTube which doesn't seem right !

Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2782606
11/19/18 04:11 PM
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Dave, you triggered a memory when you speculated on why Keith may have dropped out of sight.

I read a review years ago. I think it was either soon after 9-11 or soon after the start of a Gulf war. IIRC, before starting his playing he said (something to the effect of) "we should remember in times like these, there are still things like poetry and music".

Just a memory.

Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2782609
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The last time he played at Carnegie he was ranting terrible about the Trumpmeister between each tune, he actually had a written list of awful qualities which he read before the concert about our Fuhrer..

Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: jazztpt] #2782612
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You are correct sir! 2006..that explains it, he had more time to practice..

Re: Keith Jarrett - La Fenice [Re: Dfrankjazz] #2783047
11/21/18 06:13 AM
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La Fenice is a great performance, even by Jarrett's standards, there are always plenty of surprises and a tune with a walking bass is one, I have never heard Jarrett do that before. It is wonderful that there are so many unreleased recordings, probably there will be releases for decades even if Jarrett does not return to the concert hall. It could be he has another project on the go, a symphony maybe or a boxed set of mongolian nose flute solos, maybe he is getting back into rock guitar, anything is possible.


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