Keith Jarrett is a truly inspiration not only for those interested in jazz or classical music but for everyone who loves music. This great pianist have had a very successful career playing from jazz to fusion to classical music.
Keith Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, Charles Lloyd and the greatest of greatest, Miles Davis.
He has a super extensive solo discography, starting with recorded albums from 1967 until 2011. And he participated as a sideman with albums from Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis, these recording experiences were definitely something that marked Keith for life!
So, probably you know who I am talking about, but in case you don’t, have a listen of this magical piece of music, its name says it all, “Meditation”
Now, you have to see him performing live… he is unique, standing up, singing what he plays and sometimes screaming… so let´s get into something more high energy with Keith Jarrett´s trio, a very straightforward jazz trio:
What can I say about Thelonious Monk that has not already been said?
He was by far one of the most gigantic jazz piano players in America. He shared with the Jazz world some of the most popular Jazz standards such as “Epistrophy” and “Blue Monk”, among others.
Monk had a very particular way of improvising and composing, you could call it weird if you want to; it was full of dissonant harmonies and extreme twists not only in terms of his rhythm but also his melodies. To some it might sound strange, and it is, but it’s music and what he did was right!
He lived through the golden years of Jazz and played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry and more.
He has a very extensive discography and there is also a documentary film flying around called “Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” which is well worth watching.
If you’re not quite sure who this piano master was, I am sure you will recognize this tune:
Once you are in the mood you should check out “Straight No Chaser” live in London back in 1965, a jewel!