Keith Jarrett's Awesome Night at Carnegie Hall
So, as I was saying, I went to see Jarrett at Carnegie Hall last night, and it was one of the most astonishing piano jazz concerts I’ve seen in a long time—two 45-minute sets of improvisation, followed by six encores’ worth of ballads and rags, all of it riveting, quite a bit of it jaw-dropping. He moved seamlessly, effortlessly, from atonal flurries to funky blues to stirring balladry, all the while exploring hidden passageways of harmony, sifting subtle shades and dazzling colors, never succumbing to predictable patterns but never indulging in the bizarre for its own sake either.
And he was even gracious to the audience, for the most part. Has KJ embarked on a new era, too?
The concert was recorded (a pair of microphones leaning into the piano, a pair of omnis at the front of the stage for ambience) and a two-CD set will probably be released soon on ECM, as was his last solo date at Carnegie in 2005. When it comes out, buy it.