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David Dalle
Thursday December 10th, 2020 with David Dalle
Keith Jarrett I: Beginning with the end.

The incomparable Keith Jarrett's career at the piano has sadly come to an end. As a longtime sufferer of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which made him take a two year hiatus from concerts in late 1996, his concert appearances (both solo and as a trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette) had already slowed down significantly. After his return from hiatus, he tended to perform fewer than 20 concerts a year with only seven in 2015, eight in 2016 and only one concert in 2017. He suffered two strokes in 2018, which left him partially paralyzed on one side, bringing his illustrious performing career, which began in the mid 1960's with Art Blakey, Charles Lloyd, and Miles Davis, to an end. It would be six years before he returned to solo piano concerts in 2002 with concerts in Japan. He changed the format of his solo improvised concerts. Instead of a large improvisation in 2-3 parts with each part lasting up to 40 minutes, his solo concerts were now comprised of a number of shorter pieces, with the longest in a recording being 17 minutes, but most between 3 and 9 minutes, still fully improvised. I find these shorter works fall into four categories. Type A: very spikey, modernist sounding, usually at a quick tempo. He always begins the concert with one of these pieces. Type B: his very popular foot-stomping, highly rhythmic piece with influences from blues, gospel, ragtime. Type C: slow, deeply emotional ballad. Type D: a subset of type C, a slow ballad made up of primarily tremolos and trills. Some of these ballads, both C and D, are among my favourite piano pieces. In July 2016 Keith Jarrett performed five concerts in Europe, starting in Budapest, and ending in Munich. Both concerts were recorded. We will hear his final concert, recorded July 16th in Munich, in full (except the encores).
Part I
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part II
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part III
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part IV
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part V
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part VI
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part VII
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part IX
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part X
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part XI
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Part XII
Keith Jarrett - Munich 2016 - ECM
Continuing on with some wonderful music from Zanzibar with some jazz inflection and a couple of wide-ranging collaborations from decades-long Keith Jarrett partner Jack DeJohnette.
Siti Muharam - Siti of Unguja - On The Corner
Blue Maqams
Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Django Bates - Blue Maqams - ECM
Worldwide Funk
Jack DeJohnette & Foday Musa Suso - Music from the Hearts of the Masters - Kindred Rhythmn
2020 marks 250 years since the birth of Beethoven, and we are not sure precisely when he was born (probably Dec. 16th), he was baptized on Dec. 17th 1770, which happens to be next Thursday! So we will hear a lot of Beethoven next week, and for now, a rarely heard, cheerful sonata for horn and piano from 1800.
Sonata for Horn and Piano Op. 17
Ludwig Van Beethoven/Myron Bloom, Daniel Barenboim - Complete Beethoven Edition vol. 14 - Chamber Works - Deutsche Grammophon
Interactive CKCU
David Dalle (host)
Listening along. A good article on Keith Jarrett's current life.

2:23 PM, December 10th, 2020
Enjoyed re-listening to this as new year work week kicked off once again. Thanks Dave - i look forward to your continued excellent weekly show.

9:22 AM, January 4th, 2021