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Albums by Keith Jarrett

G. I. Gurdjieff: Sacred Hymns
Handel: Suites for Keyboard
Hymns / Spheres (24Bit96Khz Reissue)
Invocations / The Moth and the Flame
J. S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I, BWV 846-869
J. S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch II, BWV 870-893
J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
J. S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817
Paris / London - Testament
Paris / London - Testament (24BIT96KHZ)
The Köln Concert(24BIT96KHZ)
The Melody At Night, With You
1
Köln, January 24, 1975, Part I Köln, January 24, 1975, Part I 26:15    
Album only
Track length:26:15
Artist: Keith Jarrett
Performer: Keith Jarrett piano
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Keith Jarrett
ISRC: DEB337506451
2
Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II a Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II a 14:56    
Album only
Track length:14:56
Artist: Keith Jarrett
Performer: Keith Jarrett piano
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Keith Jarrett
ISRC: DEB337506452
3
Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II b Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II b 19:18    
Album only
Track length:19:18
Artist: Keith Jarrett
Performer: Keith Jarrett piano
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Keith Jarrett
ISRC: DEB337506453
4
Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II c Köln, January 24, 1975, Part II c 6:59    
Album only
Track length:6:59
Artist: Keith Jarrett
Performer: Keith Jarrett piano
Producer: Manfred Eicher
Composer: Keith Jarrett
ISRC: DEB337506454
Digital booklet Album only

The Köln Concert is a recording released through ECM by the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, who performed solo improvisations at the Cologne Opera House in Cologne (German: Köln) on January 24, 1975. As of 2010, it is the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and the best-selling piano album, with sales of more than 3.5 million.

Preliminaries to the concert were not auspicious. The concert was organized by Vera Brandes, Germany’s youngest concert promoter. Brandes had selected a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano for the performance, but the stagehands did not realize that the piano was stored in the cellar of the building. Instead, they found a Bösendorfer baby grand backstage and assumed that it was to be used. This piano was intended for rehearsals only, and was in poor condition.

Jarrett had not slept in two nights. He arrived at the opera house late and tired after an exhausting hours-long drive in a Renault R4. He rushed to finish a hasty meal just minutes before the concert was to begin. After learning about the substandard piano, Jarrett nearly refused to play. Brandes, who just turned 18 years old, had to convince the 29-year-old Jarrett to perform nonetheless.

Almost as an afterthought, the sound technicians decided to place microphones and record the concert, even if only for the house archive.

The instrument was tinny and thin in the upper registers, so Jarrett concentrated on ostinatos and rhythmic figures.

Despite the obstacles, Jarrett's performance was enthusiastically received, and the subsequent recording was acclaimed by the critics and an enormous commercial success. With sales of more than 3.5 million, it became the best-selling solo album in jazz history.

 

About Keith Jarrett:

Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times - universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble.

Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett began playing the piano at age 3 and undertook classical music studies throughout his youth; performing as a child in programs at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Madison Square Garden. He undertook formal composition studies at age 15, before moving to Boston to briefly study at the Berklee College of Music. While still in his late teens, arrangements were made to study composition in Paris with the great pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, but then canceled at the last moment in favor of moving to New York in 1964 to ...