The first time I walked into a Chinese herb shop in San Francisco, the rush of aromas was nearly overwhelming. It was as if I was smelling everything that I had ever smelled in one delicious inhale. Keith Jarrett’s music is like that. It’s all there. The first time I heard Keith play I realized that I had never heard anything like it and yet the music sounded inevitable, the improvising coherent and the spirit celebratory. I was instantly a fan for life. I’m not a piano player but I listen deeply to everything Keith does. Jarrett’s music is beyond style. Beyond music sometimes. It’s an expression of a state of being.
Enjoy this video of one brilliant Keith Jarrett moment: