Keith Jarrett

Born 8 May 1945.
Keith Jarrett


Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945) is an American pianist and composer who performs both jazz and classical music.

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 (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in the magazine's 73rd Annual Readers' Poll.

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  1. Review of Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979

    Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 2012

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    Destined to be one of the gems of Jarrett’s vast discography.
  2. Review of Rio

    Rio 2011

    Reviewed by Alyn Shipton
    Features performances which recall his career-defining early trio recordings.
  3. Review of Testament

    Testament 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    These concerts served as sink or swim lifelines he threw himself.
  4. Review of Selected Recordings

    Selected Recordings 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The prodigious pianist sifts through his back catalogue and selects some forgotten...
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