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Notice how is whole body is coordinated in movement with his playing:



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Lovely playing, but c'mon... this isn't gymnastics, he should be playing for another 20 years yet.

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I have grown so tired of Jarrett...

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not me, we'll be seeing him at Carnegie week after next..

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Dick Hyman, at 88, composes, produces new albums and is a magnificent performer.. three performances for Feb

66 is nothing!


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Monty Alexander is 71

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Originally Posted by rintincop
I have grown so tired of Jarrett...


It has been just the opposite for me. I've been wearing out Whisper Not double CD.

It's funny, I've been listening to music differently lately, spending hours re-listening to one artist at a time. Obviously, a good way to dig deeper.


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Keith Jarrett is one of a rare breed. I don't know how many pianists started playing at age 3. But he's in a small club which includes Errol Garner. A big reason, I believe, his skill has been so massive. He was still following this muse (as in the 1967 video) in his American quartet in the 1970's. It's some of my favorite music from planet earth.

I have to say I too, have grown tired of one solo (completely) improvised concert recording after another. I've often wished he'd return to doing some things in his 70's group stylings. But it seems not to be. OTOH, my lack of appreciation for his solo concerts isn't his shortcoming, it's mine.

I sometimes cite my personal "holy trinity" musically speaking as (in no particular order) Ellington/Strayhorn, The Beatles, and Keith Jarrett's 70's quartets - both American and European.

I recently bought Jarrett's "Sleeper" CD which was the European quartet in Tokyo around 1979. I have to say, I'm having difficulty getting into some of it. Again, not his shortcoming, but mine.

For anyone thinking he's compulsively always out on a thin tree limb, I recommend listening to "Jasmine" or "Last Dance". Both are duo recordings with Charlie Haden. KJ slims his playing down to essentials on these two recordings. Very disciplined and sparse. Showing how much of an artistic giant he is. On the other hand, as a human being he seems to be very difficult. But I don't have to live with him.

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Yeah, a phenomenal player, Mr Alexander is......my memory might be inaccurate but I seem to recall seeing him a couple of times at a regular Sunday brunch gig in Manhattan during the late 80's, possibly early 90's(?).

Donald Vega has a recent tribute recording that I like a lot - click if you don't mind promo clips:http://youtu.be/5nn3QUJiyeA

Thanks a ton for posting the video, ritincop.


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LOL, stir stirring it up at 66. I bet he will still be playing at 96, like several others. A local restaurant that hosts a regular Monday night band just did a birthday party celebration for a 104 lady, and she even took the bandstand.



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yes, 66 is not that old, it is the new 54

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He's 73 now



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An amazing piano player and one of my favourites. So unpredictable in his playing..


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