One of the first albums of his that I discovered was Facing You.
That wonderful solo recording, of those short little gems.
Not a wasted note. Not a wasted breath.
Another early discovery was the Ruta and Daitya recording
with that lovely cover by Leena Westerlund.
Jarrett plays some funcky e piano on it with Jack DeJohnette
accompanying on tablas at times.
It was with the rhapsodic solo piano concert recordings
that Jarrett exploded into public view.
By this time he'd already performed
and recorded with many greats including
Art Blakey and Miles Davis.
There were many great recordings on Impulse.
And there've been many wonderful recordings of all sorts on ECM.
I still remember the day I first set my eyes,
and moments later my mitts, on the
I'd gone to a record store in Skokie
and when I saw this iconic design
and these amazing players
I grabbed it not yet knowing
the magic I
held before me.
This was by Jarrett's brilliant Scandinavian Quartet
with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, and Jon Christensen.Jarrett, always surrounded by great talent,
also played with an American Quartet
that I often saw in performance at Amazing Grace.
It included Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.
Jarrett has written music for so many different size ensembles.
I love Luminessence where Keith writes string parts that Garbarek
improvises over with a searing soprano.
Arbour Zena allowed Charlie Haden a similar priveledge.
On Bridge of Light Jarrett writes for
Orchestra with Viola, Orchestra with Oboe,
and a Sonata for Violin and Piano.
Other forrays into the Classical World have included performances of:
For many years, and hopefully for many more,
Jarrett has been playing and touring with one of the finest Trios
since Bill Evans. Perhaps you've seen them.
Occasionally Keith will perform a solo concert.
A few years ago when I saw that he would be performing
in Paris at Salle Pleyel, I bought concert tickets
and then arranged a trip around that memorable evening.
Memorable it was.
I remember it well.
I am writing this today because Keith's birthday is May 8
and I want him to know how much I've enjoyed his music throughout the years.
If you're already familiar with his work, and I'm sure many of you are,
you will know what I mean. If somehow Jarrett's brilliance has thusfar escaped you,
I hope you will feel inspired to explores his vast, colorful ouevre.
Happy Birthday Keith!