By Peter Elsdon
Keith Jarrett ranks one of the so much complete and influential pianists in jazz heritage. His The Köln live performance stands one of the most vital jazz recordings of the previous 4 a long time, not just a result of tune at the checklist, but in addition due to the notable reception it has got from musicians and lay-listeners alike. because the album's 1975 unencumber, it has offered over 3 million copies: a outstanding fulfillment for any jazz list, yet an remarkable feat for a two-disc set of solo piano performances that includes no recognized songs.
In Keith Jarrett's The Köln live performance, writer Peter Elsdon seeks to discover what it truly is approximately this recording, approximately Keith Jarrett's functionality, that elicits such good fortune. spotting The Köln live performance as a multi-faceted textual content, Elsdon engages with it musically, culturally, aesthetically, and traditionally which will comprehend the live performance and album as a way during which Jarrett articulated his personal cultural and musical outlook, and identify himself as a significant artist. via those explorations of the live performance as textual content, of the recording and of the concert, Keith Jarrett's The Köln live performance fills an important gap in jazz scholarship, and is vital interpreting for jazz students and musicians alike, in addition to Keith Jarrett's many fanatics.