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We get it, Keith Jarrett is great

Posted by keithosaunders on March 19, 2016

Keith Jarrett came on my Pandora this morning and as usual I loved his playing. The song ended – I think it was a Gerry Mulligan tune – and it must have been the last song of the concert because the audience went crazy, clapping whistling, who knows, maybe they even took off their clothes a la Woodstock.

That’s fine — the delicate genius earned his applause. For some reason, however, the producer, Manfred Eicher, left the entire minute and a half standing ovation on the recording. Hey Manfred, we already know he’s great, all you’re doing is making us hate him even more.

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The view from the piano bench

Posted by keithosaunders on June 10, 2010

With the impending move to San Fran my mood has taken a turn to the south.  It’s hard enough trying to rent our apartment while organizing our move west, but all of a sudden, in an ironic twist of fate, I’m having my busiest June ever gigging almost every night.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about this plethora of gigs.  Just that it will be hard to go from crazy-busy to sitting by the phone.  

That being said, here is a small sampling of my hit parade of gripes.  Think of it as a premier in how-to-deal-with-muscians 101.   

The majority of songs that I play are 32 measures long.  Sure, there’s the odd Cole Porter 64 bar marathon such as In The Still of the Night, but for the most part the songs are fairly concise.  I am almost never more than 31 bars from a natural ending point.  Now let me ask you something:  Why in the world would you want me to stop in the middle of a song, when in mere seconds I can reach the end?  Are you a fan of resolution?  If so, then LET ME FINISH!  I’ll be happier, and you may not believe this, but so will you.   

Now here’s something:  Even though the area around my piano is lacking four walls, a desk, and a phone, this space constitutes my office.  What would you do if I walked into your office while you were on a business call, and made a request to invest in penalty-free annuities?  I thought so.  Look.  You can talk to me.  I’m not a delicate genius that requires absolute silence while I’m playing.  (Keith Jarrett)  You just need to find the right time to do so.  Here’s an idea to get started:  Between tunes.   

Finally:   If you insist on talking to me while I’m playing please do not be offended if I do not talk to you.  You see, contrary to what you may believe, my fingers are actually moving in a prescribed order — I’m not just wiggling them in time.  Making music requires concentration.  If you frame your question so that a simple yes or no will suffice, then sure…I’ll answer or nod.  But if you come over in the middle of a song to discuss quantum mechanics, don’t get your hopes up.  

My office

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Miles Davis: The secret weapon in the fight for health care reform.

Posted by keithosaunders on March 20, 2010

On August 29th, 1970 Miles Davis appeared at the Isle of Wight festival.  Primarily a rock festival it featured such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, and The Who. 

Miles was in rare form — on fire!   The group consisted of 2 keyboard players — Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett.  I know that Jarrett did not like playing electric pianos but he sounded good, playing one of the raunchiest sounding keyboards (supposedly an organ) I’ve ever heard.  He somehow manages not to overpower the music. I wonder how Chick, who was playing rhodes,  and Keith got along on that tour. I would have liked to have overheard some of their conversations.

It is my belief that the entire U.S. Congress, yutzes that are,  should be locked  inside of a screening  room and forced to listen and view this concert.  I am convinced that the ensuing mass heart attacks would be instrumental in driving home the point about the importance of health care reform.

You can watch a great interview with Keith Jarrett about this concert at Joshua’s blog here

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