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Old 02-28-2009, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any jazz artists like Keith Jarret?

Hey does anyone know if there are any artists similar to keith Jarret out there? I love his music and am trying to find more like it. Also, does anyone know why he grunts to his music?

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Old 03-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's hard to say anyone plays like him. But if you like his solo stuff, like koln concert, id try brad mehldau's live in tokyo.
I agree that Brad Mehldau is "closest" to Jarrett, but Jarrett is really one of a kind, mainly because just about all he does these days publicly is improv piano concerts. A lot depends on his mood and what he chooses to blend into his base--which is jazz piano--at the particular concert. The Koln concert is still the most popular, even though that occurred in the 70s (I have the original vinyl!), but he is still putting out albums of select improv concerts.

Though not quite the same as Jarrett, you might also try Bill Evans, who is a generation before Jarrett and influenced Jarrett's playing. Both Mehldau and Bill Evans have a number of full tracks and videos available through last.fm
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like Jarrett but his arrogance is off-putting. But anything personal aside, he's a genius at conveying his thoughts and emotions through his piano. Borders on savant.
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I like Jarrett but his arrogance is off-putting. But anything personal aside, he's a genius at conveying his thoughts and emotions through his piano. Borders on savant.
Interesting that you say that because, after years of admiring his music, I saw him live for the first time at Carnegie Hall this past January (or Feb?). Of course his music was great, but I was surprised by his demeanor between songs. I didn't necessarily read it as arrogance, but it didn't match the personality that I had imagined. I just shurgged it off as possibly what was going on for him that particular night, but your observation makes sense. As you say, the thoughts and emotions in his music is genius, though.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default great artists who surrender totally to the flow of light

check out Kenny Werner, piano
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David Liebman, soprano sax
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor sax is smokier around the edges but you might dig his creative impulses and ability to disect scales into refreshingly new tonalities.
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Heh. I never realized he was such a dick. After reading this thread I went and did a little reading about him on Wikipedia. I found this hilarious:

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Jarrett is notoriously intolerant of audience noise, including coughing and other involuntary sounds, especially during solo improvised performances. He feels that extraneous noise affects his musical inspiration. As a result, cough drops are routinely supplied to Jarrett's audiences in cold weather, and he has even been known to stop playing and lead the crowd in a group cough. This intolerance was made clear during a concert on October 31, 2006, at the restored Salle Pleyel in Paris. After making an impassioned plea to the audience to stop coughing, Jarrett walked out of the concert during the first half, refusing at first to continue, although he did subsequently return to the stage to finish the first half, and also the second. A further solo concert three days later went undisturbed, following an official announcement beforehand urging the audience to minimize extraneous noise. In 2008, during the first half of another Paris concert, Jarrett complained to the audience about the quality of the piano that he had been given, walking off between solos and remonstrating with staff at the venue. Following an extended interval, the piano was replaced. In 2007, in concert in Perugia during the Umbria Jazz Festival, angered by photographers Jarrett implored the audience: "I do not speak Italian, so someone who speaks English can tell all these assholes with cameras to turn them fucking off right now. Right now! No more photographs, including that red light right there. If we see any more lights, I reserve the right (and I think the privilege is yours to hear us), but I reserve the right and Jack and Gary reserve the right to stop playing and leave the goddamn city!" This caused the organizers of the Festival to declare that they will never invite him again.
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Wow, what a diva. Group coughing? lol
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Wow, what a diva. Group coughing? lol
Seriously. How about his comment, "I think the privilege is yours to hear us"? What an ass, I mean presumably these people paid to see him.
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Jarret is an excellent artist; there's nobody else out there who has been able to make me enjoy listening to Bach's Well Tempered Klavier. Watching him play any genre is very entertaining as well, with his emphatic grunts and eccentric body language.
But yeah, I wouldn't pay to go see him live. Man makes Axl Rose looks like Donny Osmund.

Also, to answer the OP (who probably hasn't been here in three years), he grunts to "get into the music." Same goes for why he sometimes half-assedly gets out of his chair during certain parts. Honestly, that's more distracting than people coughing, but whatever.
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