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Sunday, March 04, 2007

On a completely different note...

Sorry but this post is not going to be about Al Ain. There's only so much I can write about the place and today my head is in improvised jazz piano and has been there since the night before last. I have a CD which gets played to death, put away for a few months and then played to death again. This process has been repeated numerous times over the last few years.

The CD is Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert. It's just him and his piano in front of an audience in a German concert hall 32 years ago. The incredible thing about it is it was totally improvised. The other incredible thing is that he never goes too deep with his left hand because, they claim, that end of the piano was out of tune that night. In my opinion it is more than music, it's a sublime spiritual journey where a man's emotions reach you directly through the medium of a piano. He gasps and yells as he plays, he stands up, sits down as he fingers break the rules of physics.

Anyway, there's no film of him playing this one off concert but you can imagine it. Instead though, I've dug this up on you tube, just to give you an idea of what this man can do


Sorry, I don't know how to embed youtube in my posts!

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Blogger nzm said...

Well - you've definitely chosen one of the best CDs and pianists to play over and over again.

He is t.h.e. master of improvisation.

3/04/2007 10:06:00 pm  
Blogger Andreas said...

Agree, listened to this concert for some years ago. Had it on an old tape. Now its gone....
Is it available on CD ?

3/05/2007 08:22:00 am  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Hi Andreas,

Yes, its available on CD

3/05/2007 02:03:00 pm  

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