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Keith Jarrett

Biography

Born: May 8, 1945; Allentown, PA  
One of the most significant pianists to emerge since the 1960s, Keith Jarrett's career has gone through several phases. He gained international fame for his solo concerts, which found him spontaneously improvising all of the music without any prior planning; but he has also led a couple of dynamic quartets/quintets, performed classical music, and later played explorative versions of standards with his longtime trio. Although his tendency to sing Read more along with his piano now and then is distracting, Jarrett continued to grow as a powerful improviser after decades of important accomplishments.

Jarrett started on the piano when he was three, and by the time he was seven he had already played a recital. Jarrett was a professional while still in grade school. In 1962, he studied at the Berklee College of Music and then started working in the Boston area with his trio. He moved to New York in 1965, and spent four months with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. As a member of the very popular Charles Lloyd Quartet (1966-1969), Jarrett traveled the world and became well known; he also began doubling occasionally on soprano saxophone (which he would utilize through the 1970s). Between 1969 and 1971, he was with Miles Davis' fusion group, playing organ and electric keyboards.

Upon leaving Davis, Jarrett permanently swore off electric keyboards. He had cut sessions as a leader for Vortex (1967-1969) and Atlantic (1971), but starting in November 1971, he recorded extensively for ECM, an association that continued into the 2000s. In the 1970s, Jarrett led two groups: an exciting unit with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and occasional percussionists (often Guilherme Franco); and a European band with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, and Jon Christensen that recorded the popular "My Song." In addition, starting in 1972, Jarrett began his famous series of improvised concerts, which resulted in such popular recordings as Solo Concerts, Köln Concert, and the mammoth Sun Bear Concerts. By the 1980s, Jarrett was performing and composing classical music as much as jazz, playing a variety of keyboard instruments and a variety of music ranging from Bach to Pärt. He has worked with recorder player Michala Petri, violinist Gidon Kremer, and conductor Dennis Russell Davies. Jarrett's own compositions include several works for soloist and orchestra and works for piano, clavichord, and organ. Of his classical recordings, his Handel Keyboard Suites have been hailed as the best on record. Read less
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  • 1.
    Michala Petri Plays Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7672632 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Elizabeth Selin
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Vladimir Spivakov,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Guildhall String Ensemble
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    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 1998502 Release Date: 03/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Keith Jarrett
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Dennis Russell Davies
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    Bach: Six Sonatas For Violin And Piano / Michelle Makarski, Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001885202 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michelle Makarski,  Keith Jarrett
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    Selected Signs III-VIII
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001892302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heiner Goebbels,  Steve Reich,  Arvo Pärt,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Arto Lindsay,  Charles Hayward,  Ernst Stötzner,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Saulius Sondeckis,  Paul Goodwin,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Alexandros Myrat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich and Musicians,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  Rosamunde String Quartet  ... 
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    Rio / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001611902 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Keith Jarrett
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Sounds & Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher (DVD)
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001593609 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gurdjieff,  Arvo Pärt,  Rolf Lislevand,  Nik Bartsch  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Arianna Savall,  Pedro Estevan,  Rolf Lislevand  ... 
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste,  Savino Acquaviva,  Alexander Myrat
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    Harrison: Music For Orchestra, Ensemble & Gamelan / Davies, Brooklyn Philharmonic
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2571 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Stephen Tramontazzi,  Peter Shelton,  Lee Duckles  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra,  Gamelan Si Betty  ... 
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    Arvo Part: Tabula Rasa
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001456302 Release Date: 08/16/2010  
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Keith Jarrett,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Alfred Schnittke
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies,  Saulius Sondeckis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Stuttgart State Orchestra,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
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    Hovhaness, Harrison: Symphonies / Russell Davies, Jarrett
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2512 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Composers Orchestra
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    Handel: Recorder Sonatas / Petri, Jarrett
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 65835 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Michala Petri
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    Inspired Joy - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63831 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Gottfried Von der Goltz  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Namur Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 12.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Etc / Jarrett, Davies, Stuttgarter
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 449670 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 829122 Release Date: 05/23/2000  
    Composer:  George Gurdjieff
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Dark Intervals / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 837342 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Keith Jarrett
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 839622 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Bach: Well-tempered Clavier Book I / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 835246 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Bach: Well-tempered Clavier Book II / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 847936 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Jarrett: Bridge Of Light / Crawford, Fairfield Orchestra
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 445350 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Keith Jarrett
    Performer:  Patricia McCarty,  Keith Jarrett,  Michelle Makarski,  Marcia Butler
    Conductor:  Thomas Crawford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fairfield Orchestra
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    Bach: 3 Sonaten Für Viola Da Gamba / Kashkashian, Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 445230 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kim Kashkashian,  Keith Jarrett
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    Händel: Suites For Keyboard / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 445298 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Shostakovich: 24 Preludes And Fugues Op 87 / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 437189 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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  • 22.
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 810067 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Keith Jarrett
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Melody At Night With You / Keith Jarrett
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 547949 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9, 17 & 20, Etc / Jarrett, Davies, Et Al
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 462651 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Bach For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68697 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Julian Bream,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Amsterdam Guitar Trio  ... 
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