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Keith Jarrett (Composer)

Born: 8th May 1945, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Nationality: American

Keith Jarrett is an American jazz and classical music pianist and composer.

Jarrett started his career with Art Blakey, moving on to play with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis. Since the early 1970s he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a group leader and a solo performer in jazz, jazz fusion, and classical music. His improvisations draw from the traditions of jazz and other genres, especially Western classical music, gospel, blues, and ethnic folk music.

In 2003 Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first recipient of both the contemporary and classical musician prizes, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. His album The Köln Concert (1975) became the best-selling piano recording in history.

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Classic Recordings, Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert

Talk about behemoths - this week I pull out The Köln Concert, Keith Jarrett's game-changing solo album. Over forty years later it hasn't lost any of its power.

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