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The Köln Concert

Keith Jarrett

1975

The Köln Concert

Album Summary

The Köln Concert is a live recording of solo piano improvisations performed by Keith Jarrett at the Opera House in Cologne (German: Köln) on 24 January 1975. The double-vinyl album was released in 1975 by ECM. It became the best-selling solo album in jazz history and the best-selling piano album with sales of around 4 million. According to music critic Tom Hull, the album "cemented his reputation as the top pianist of his generation".

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Rating

3.36

Votes

4936

Genres

  • Jazz
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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Nice songs, interesting background story. But 1 hour of solo piano playing ends up just being background music.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Wow, amazing! As I make my way through these 1,001 albums, I think I will look back at Jarett’s Koln Concert as the one that finally got me to appreciate this genre. I mean I didn’t need a class in music theory or have to read a critic’s detailed explanation on why I should enjoy this. I was just blown away by the music which transported me to a place where I could see this artist on stage painting brilliant scenes with his music. Really this performance has rewired my neurons to fire differently now. Bonus note how I appreciated the record producer’s decision to leave in the applause so the listener will know that the audience knew they were witnessing a magical special moment. Bravo!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

I think this album really represents something unique - a special piece of music you should hear before you die because of it's interesting story, not just because of it being an influential album. Would love to see more good, but novel recordings included in this list that have fun stories like this one. You could probably get rid of some repetitive beatles and bowie albums to fit in interesting things like this instead. || Moaning throughout was hilarious, and the music is great. but itis the story, the ridiculous circumstances of the performance and improv, and novelty of it all that bumps this up from a 3.5 to a 5 in my eyes.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I've heard of this concert before, pretty sure I read about it in a book, but I can't remember exactly where! Really fascinating story though, that such an engaging concert was performed under such difficult and ridiculous circumstances. Could have done without the moaning throughout, but maybe that's part of his style? Plus when you're improvising and suffering from back pain I won't fault somebody for making odd noises

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

If this was a footballer, it'd be Dimitar Berbatov during his career wind down at Fulham.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

that was actually really cool just a dude messing around with the piano for an hour i don’t know if i’ll be listening to it again very soon but i still really appreciated it for what it was to think this dude could create such beautiful pieces off the top of his head just blows my mind i love his talent and i think that album is very special to me 10/10 - no complaints, just a great album

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

I actually discovered this in the early days of the pandemic when I found myself hardly able to listen to music. This has been a constant in the period since. Technically, it’s wonderful of course, but it’s also been that bit of a lifeline for me.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Piano-instrument only which I love. Easy to listen to and have on in the background.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Now this is jazz I can get behind. The first track is absolutely gorgeous. I wasn't paying close attention at first (jazz is usually background music to me), but about 4 minutes in I found myself drawn in and captivated. I ended up transfixed the entire time. Beautiful track. The second track is outstanding also, and I love how there were so many unique motifs on this album. Too many jazz albums sound like "more of the same." This album was constantly evolving and flowing. Mind-boggling that this is mostly improvised. I spent the day playing this album on repeat and kept finding new moments that surprised me. This is what jazz should be. Outstanding.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

To simplify…a musician with a bad back who was hungry, slightly grumpy and playing a piano that wasn’t even the one he asked for and was substandard at that, improvised this piano solo. I’m blown away by it and the talent of the musician. I wouldn’t term this as Jazz, just an absolutely beautiful piece of music. 5/5

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

The infinite power of being at the current moment. Beautiful. I wish I was there.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

There are some amazing moments on this album. I find it really poignant those moments when he struggles to find the groove and then suddenly it hits and the flow is just incredible. Some people are bothered by his vocalizations and I admit that it can become somewhat distracting but when you learn to listen around the vocalizing, to close your eyes and let the music wash over you it is a really all encompassing experience. 5 🌟

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

This is another prime example of the stuff I enjoy seeing pop up on this project. I have never heard of OR heard this, and the story behind it is simply amazing. In a series of mistakes, Keith Jarrett was left with an incredibly subpar rehearsal piano to perform on for a sold out audience, versus a very specifically requested grand piano befitting a piano master. What resulted was an hour of pure piano improvisation; that's right, Jarrett switched everything up and composed and played on the fly, all in a way that would fit the rehearsal piano's limited capabilities and allow for the best possible output. All the while, Jarrett can be heard occasionally stomping and vocalizing along with the work; you can tell that he feels what he's playing. This album speaks to overcoming hurdles, being present in the moment, and being open to spontaneity; a variety of chaotic events led to this and it could have resulted in a cancellation or even a performance ruined by the limitations of a specific instrument. But instead, these events occurred, Jarrett agreed to play, and his musical genius flowed, allowing for this unique masterwork to happen, something that would not be readily replicated even if one tried. I feel like the genre label of "jazz" on this album is a bit misleading. While I definitely hear aspects of jazz, this also resonates with some very classical solo piano qualities. I don't want my rating to be misconstrued with the idea that I think classical music is the best thing I've heard on this project. While I do really enjoy classical piano music, I don't regularly seek it out, and it's by no means an absolute "favorite" or "preferred" genre. Rather, my rating comes from now knowing that this album is 100% improvisation on a shoddy instrument; it is a creative breakthrough birthed from chaos. This album very clearly communicates an undeniably masterful craftsmanship and an inspiring message of spontaneous human creativity. This really is something that people could benefit from hearing before they die, and I couldn't possibly rate it any lower.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Wow. Infectious. Twenty seconds in and I was blown away by the beauty of his playing. I know in another post I said I enjoy lyrics too but not necessary here. I went down the rabbit hole to find out about him and this concert - pretty much just him "jamming" and figuring it out as he went. Wow. Part 1 is incredible.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

It is miraculous when you realise he is making it up as he goes along.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Amazing. He improvised the entire thing...that's just...wow. I get why he's so revered, and this album is so celebrated. I realized as I listened to it again that it takes some effort and concentration to stay with it; then I remember they only thing my lazy-arsed-self is doing is listening. Playing this? Making it up as I go along? Whoa.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Was amazing piano instrumental. I will listen again.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Incredibly beautiful piano only album

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Captivating virtuoso improvised piano jazz concert performance - a wonderful achievement, all the more impressive because of the challenges and adversity along the way (the Wikipedia page is a must read to understand this album). A work of art. Thrilled to have been introduced to this music by this project.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Amazing.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Brilliant

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Absolutely fantastic.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

I thought this was absolutely fantastic, crazy random vocalizations and all. I was in a near delirious state with 103 degree fever while listening so your mileage may vary.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

This album is fucking great. I listened to it twice, once in the driving range and at night when I was reading a book. I have never heard of this artist or album. Welcome to the regular music rotation.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

This is exactly the kind of thing I signed up for this service for. Never heard of Keith Jarrett before. This album is lit. Amazing solo piano jazz.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Amazing piano! Really fantastic relaxing music to listen to

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

5 Beautiful Stars

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Very fun and uplifting piano music

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Good damn!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

It’s refreshing to hear such pure talent and skill. Sublime

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I am a little biased because I play piano and love it so much. But this jazz improvisation was absolutely gorgeous and I have heard so much of Jarrett before that I was worried my expectations wouldn't be met. They were surpassed. Lovely.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Cool jazz piano I saved it

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

What do you mean this is all improvised?

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

For some reason, the generator generated three live albums in one week or so - I can do without the humming, but these improvised jazz piano songs form definitely a piece of timeless music that never gets old.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

This was very nice music to have on in the background.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

It's amazing especially looking at the circumstances in which this concert happened. Keith Jarret had mild food poisoning, he was playing on wrong piano and there was some delay to everything that happened. Even with those hurdles he managed to perform one of the best (recorded) piano jazz concerts.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Paraná lá, paraná lê, buê. Paraná-nara, lá-ra. Paraná-nara, lá-ra. An overall upbeat yet very emotional piano.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Broken pianos are no match for this legend

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Saved Prior: None Saved: Whole Album Overall Notes: This is really really good. This is transcendently good jazz. Beautiful.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

OH MY GOD. My favorite piano record of all time! Completely improv’d- I believe this is still the highest selling solo improv record of all time. Absolutely stunning, Keith knows his way around 88 keys better than just about anyone.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic. This record encapsulates a moment that's just simply magical. Among other things, Keith Jarrett is known for his piano improvisations drifting between jazz and classical, and this one here is a keeper that will entrance you with its melodies and intense ostinatos. Some experts will probably tell you this is *not* Jarrett's best live album, yet maybe it's just snobbery on their part. This thing here is definitely one of the best entry points into his universe (one I wish I had taken the time to know a little better--maybe in the years to come, who knows?). As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 945 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 25 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 15 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me):

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Why oh why did I wait so long to listen to this album? Growing up my father was always telling me I had to listen to this album and the whole story behind it but I never followed through. I should have earlier. I love Jarrett's piano playing here. To think it's all improvised. So fantastic.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Have never heard of this concert or Keith Jarret, really enjoyed this on first listen, then after listening about the story of the live show and this was improvised blew me away, this really is a masterpiece and deserves the full 5 stars.

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Tue May 31 2022
5

Niet verwacht dat ik dit zo goed ging vinden! Zoals altijd luisterde ik in de auto, maar dit was dus wat is in stukjes. Als ik eens een uurtje heb, zet ik deze zeker nog eens op om gewoon te genieten

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Quite amazing. The story of course but just gets better with every listen. This was the sort of thing I was hoping to find here.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Worth to listen and get lost in the mood

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

I was very impressed just listening to this, but the backstory added another star to the score. What an amazing piece of work that almost didn't happen due to one mixup after another. I wasn't expecting the groans but somehow they added another level of authenticity. The Spotify recommendations that came after this album were great too. This definitely lives up to the book's title.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Such beautiful playing. Easy to just get lost in

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Ratio: 100% Fantastic, absolutely loved. Skilful piano mastery. Would recommend this to anybody. Favs: All Dislikes: N/A

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Was completely unfamiliar with this, and it's a pretty flawless solo jazz piano performance and recording. Gorgeous.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

beautiful

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Stupendous. I listened to it three times in a row. Part 1 is especially stupendous. What he can do with two chords is just jaw dropping.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Amazing album...must add to my collection

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Very moving pieces, with a very interesting context. I loved hearing the reaction of the audience when the improvisation became amazing.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Loved that album! The live sounds really bring something and make you feel like you were taking part in the show. Learning about the circumstances of the recording, how the concert was almost canceled, how there was a mistake and the piano he was playing was bad quality and had broken pedals, how the pianist was sleep and food deprived at the time of the concert but he still managed to improvise maybe the best piece of his career, makes the whole thing seem almost magical!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Wonderful way to spend the morning.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Stunning. Beautiful and spare and amazing.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

I love hearing someone so into their music as he is. The pure joy is captured by his yelling and foot stomping. There are few musicians who captivate an audience by paying solo than Jarrett.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Quelqu'un dans les commentaires a dit que c'était comme de la musique de fond.... Pas d'accord du tout. C'est un des meilleurs albums de Piano original que j'ai écouté de ma vie. L'heure passe très vite et on passe par toute la game des émotions. C'est plus facile à digéré qu'un album de Jazz traditionnelle comme il y en a dans cette liste. Ca sonne vraiment comme une tonne de brique et c'est un delice pour les oreilles. Je ne connaissais pas et je suis très contente de me prêter à l'exercice de cette liste pour découvrir des bijoux comme cela. 5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

I did not immerse myself into Keith Jarrett until 78 (freshman year in college) when someone on my floor played the Sun Bear Concerts non-stop. It was (and still is) tremendously impressive to me and I was hooked. I quickly worked back and discovered The Koln Concert. Jarrett's solo piano explorations are not for everyone, but I find them utterly compelling. To call this jazz is not fair and Jarrett defies categorization. He utilizes rhythmic, almost hypnotic, motifs that shift to other related motifs in an impressionistic manner. This repetition is more akin to pop music than jazz, but the elements blend jazz, classical, gospel and folk seamlessly. I think is essential listening.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

A masterpiece. Just stunning music.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Too lit to use as study music in the background. Catchier than I expected a piano jazz album to be, and I like the little moments where Jarrett is vamping and can't help making sounds like even they can't believe what they're doing.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Absolutely incredible

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Editors get this one right: "a monument to musical possibility." The idea that the best jazz is built on spontaneous composition (aka improvisation) is the first among many reasons that more jazz records should be included on this list. Jazz is a fundamentally diffrent game than verse-chorus-verse-chorus pop songs (no matter how clever) or rock bands doing endless power chords (no matter how magisterially). Certainly there are ample KJ releases that are worthy, though this one is unique in its mostly uplifting vibe (again, kudos to editors for noting that). One feels more soul in this work than in other drier, more academic recordings. And one doesn't have to love every single note to appreciate – and be awed by – the magnitude of effort and brilliance on display. A magical night, under sub-optimal conditions, nearly 50 years ago, still translates into a transporting musical experience today – the mark of a classic or deathbed recording in any genre.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

this album is something else. everything that could have gone wrong before keith jarrett's performance did go wrong! but for me, someone who is musically untrained but enjoys music a lot, i couldn't have even predicted any of the backstage struggles and mishaps. jarrett gave a remarkable concert and every second sounds so beautiful! it's also hard to believe this was improvised, and there's only the piano for the entire concert! regardless of how the concert/album came to be, it is positively wonderful. it's easy to listen to, and the backstory makes it even more fascinating. well deserved spot on this list.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

This is a live piano-only performance by Keith Jarrett. It was released on the ECM label, which has since become known for publishing their unique style of jazz known as "ECM third stream" or simply "ECM style jazz". In this solo piano performance, you will hear a poppy approach to jazz similar to jazz fusion, while hearing a sound that is grounded in western classical music, thus creating a new approach to the third stream. The end result is beautiful piano music that is much more accessible through it's jazz fusion hooks. It is doubly impressive, perhaps, that this performance was done on a rehearsal baby grand piano that was in no shape for a proper performance: largely out of tune, with a weak lower register and pedals that didn't work. The compound on the issue, Jarrett was overtired from travel and had barely any time to eat a meal before the concert. By all accounts, this performance should have been a disaster. And yet, what we hear is fantastic. Not only was Jarrett able to work around the weaknesses of the faulty instrument, but his improvisational skills shined through to deliver a magnificent night of music. His approach to jazz is electric. I struggle to find faults in the music; it simply does not bore me. Pure artistic beauty was captured 24 January 1975 in Cologne. There was something in the air.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Прослушано! Просто великий альбом, слушать и слушать.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

So here we finally get to hear the album that every English kid's dad owned, I've just been waiting for this - and? It doesn't disappoint. I mean it has to be the best-selling piano recording in history for a reason right? Take some time off and give this the attention it deserves. Read up on the making of the album and Jarrett while doing it. Special.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Love this record. It’s such a journey. Tough to explain how it feels. Expression of totally unique emotions and ones that feel universal and ones that are more transitional or ambiguous but are so specific to this recording. Sometimes totally introspective and sometimes joyous. I love the peaks and valleys and the searching and development and hearing him find inspiration in real time. There are so many amazing moments in here and it’s the context of all of it that makes them feel so satisfying and earned.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Finally a reason to include a live album in this series. While all live albums capture a short period in time this one stands out. The pieces didn't exist prior to the concert and, for this, has merit alone. But the compositions, the flow, the interactions are bold and tantalisingly engaging. The early thought that this might be suited as a background accompaniment so dissolved and it became engrossing. For a first listen for a hitherto unknown (to me ) artist this is something.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

This album is a perfect example of the problem of labels. I am not quite sure what I listened to but if you asked I would not have called it jazz. I would have said a beautiful hour of solo piano though. I've only ever listened to Jarrett's work with Miles and the trio of him, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock but this is something completely different. What I also found interesting is that he's done an album of Gurdjieff piano music, which this kind of made me think of a little bit. Last interesting tidbit is that this was recorded at the Cologne opera house at almost midnight after an opera was performed in the same location that night.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

My co-judge called this Muzak, but she was eating breakfast at the time and it's easy for an unaccompanied piano concert to get lost in the background. I, on the other hand, thought it (esp. Part I) was brilliant. He changes moods effortlessly, with lots bit of improvisation. I appreciate that it's difficult for one instrument to hold the audience's attention for a 1 hour + concert - not to mention he was playing on a busted piano! It's hilarious how long they wait to clap after each piece - it ain't over 'til it's over.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

I'm glad there was a piano concert included in the 1001. This guy is amazing and if I read the notes correctly he did it with his piano out of tune.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Jaaa is iets helemaal anders. Perfect om te concentreren, ik vind dat tof

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

4 Dit is mooi! Ik wil heel graag piano kunnen spelen nu. Later in men huis komt er sowieso eentje! Perfect als achtergrond muziek

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

rustig maar o zo mooi

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Nice relaxing piano music. I dug it. 4

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Пианизм то ли поп, то ли джаз. Приятно, но лучше фоном — может надоесть

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Like a light summer rain, much needed and beneficial.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Róleg píanótónlist, læv flutningur. Ágætis bakgrunnsafþreying.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Ещё предстоит понять

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Very, very good jazz piano improvisation. This was a great listen.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

This was a really nice and wonderful album of some jazz piano. I listened to it a few times and each time it was more enjoyable. The sounds were impressive and the backstory on it makes it even more impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed it 8.0/10

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Starts well

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Amazing that he played this on a crappy piano.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Surprisingly good, even if jazz piano is no my thing. Good background mudguard.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Above others by a head and neck. The control over the keys was pretty cool. Mixed up a lot of timing too. Enjoyed more than I expected

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I started off thinking it was the bg music for an old cartoon, but I did get into it. Yes, it's beautiful and interesting, but I probably won't listen to it much and I've already forgotten most of it.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Fantastic. Really enjoyed the first track. The segments when he gets popping are the definition of nod-inducing. I’ll be coming back to this one a lot.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I really liked this. There was so much sound that came out of one guy and a piano. The way is built in waves and crashed down to do it again was awesome.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

This is pretty amazing. Beautiful piano improvisations, even more impressive after reading the story behind this concert on Wikipedia. A crappy rehearsal piano, which caused him to focus more on the bass and middle keys, exhausted and with back problems, and no proper meal before the performance. Out of adversity comes beauty though. Very nice. 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Jazz piano improv

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Piano, klassiek met jazzy invloeden

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

I appreciate the background story and I play piano a bit. But I don't think I'm up to actually commenting on this one. I will just enjoy soaking in its dances and rhythms whenever the time is right.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Legendary, but you’ve got to be in the right mood for that

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

I've been slowly gaining an appreciation for jazz and I'm very happy this album was on the list of 1001 albums because I hadn't heard it before. Live improvised piano piece isn't something my younger self would have tolerated, so I listened with a open mind and open ears. A wonderful way to spend an hour or so, though it was background music while I was painting (art, not walls). It was a perfect mood for creating. Enjoyable listen!

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Really nice piano…live

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

nice background music while painting. feels very organic and cool.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Really good background music. Would probably have been exceptional to have actually been there. Not something I would be actively sitting down and listening to, but then I'm not sure you really have to. It's good.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Väldigt bra! Hittar en hel del känsla och passion i pianospelandet.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Come to Brazil!

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

De pogga fr

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

The piano is very soothing.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

never listened to a piano concert before, and i must say i was pleasantly surprised, i felt like the music told a story without words or any hint towards it which was a cool experience

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Pretty good live album with Jarrett playing solo piano, though I think I prefer the piano trio stuff. In this live setting, the involuntary humming and half-singing along with the melodies that we know from Jarrett was less of a distraction than I expected it to be.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Could definitely put into frequent rotation or on a working/focus playlist

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

The best part are the little noises you hear in the background

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Had no expectations having not heard of Keith Jarrett before. Good listen.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Live albums, especially piano, are so much fun to just put on and let play. This one was no different. Enjoyable from start to finish. The talent that is required to play something like this, for hours, is quite remarkable. I enjoyed this, having no idea what I was getting into.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

This is very chill and calming

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Decent chill piano music

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Very cool bit of playing on the piano

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Lovely. Dramatic. Great if you're looking for some background piano music that is engaging enough, but never really distracting.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

The album that changed the perception of jazz for so many people. It still sound relevant after all these years.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, having been subjected to some of that modal stuff, hard bop, and other totally unmusical styles of jazz. I read a review that said he improvises, which is usually code for harsh music from technical types who like to show off their skills. Or would he just play discordant chords, which seems to be another jazz piano trait. NO! This is lovely, melodic, mostly peaceful music that can play away in the background, but is quite glorious to hear with headphones on. He understands melody and phrasing and has the happy knack of knowing when it's time to change things up.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Amazing. Captivating. I was emotionally drawn to from beginning to end. What a talent.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

4/22/2022 Today's Album: "The Köln Concert" by Keith Jarrett - This is a really excellently performed improv piano concerto recorded in Cologne, Germany in 1975. All that really needs to be said is this mf can play some piano. Throw out what immediately comes to mind when you think piano concerto because this performance travels from so many different levels of energy and ways of playing it feels really fresh and exciting (at least upon first listen). It's insanely well recorded for being live and you can even hear when he feels really proud of himself for something and lets out a little laugh or cums in his pants a little. I think the first part is a little bit more of a slog to get to, but it definitely doesn't feel like it's full 26 minute runtime. Sometimes the sounds he's letting out are even a little concerning, but the music is good enough to warrant it. I really like how upbeat and lively the first half of part A of part 2 is and then how it slows down into this kind of dark and slow section. All the way through the different speeds and grooves, he's just playing the fuck out of the piano. The chord structures feel new and interesting, but it doesn't feel like he goes off the rails too much. Part B is a lot more brooding and really made me notice just how much interplay and coordination there is between the left and right hands throughout this whole album. The transitions between different moods are also done really well and make it feel like a really cohesive experience. Part B really takes off as it develops and just does a beautiful job of transitioning from idea to idea while building this atmosphere. Part C made me notice that this guy is just creating such solid groves solely out of the way he is hitting the piano keys while also just playing some of the most technically and musically impressive piano playing I may have ever heard. He has so much control over the keys and the fact this whole thing is improv just blows my mind. Part C is only 7 minutes and therefore ends the album off in a really digestible and satisfying way. I think he even may incorporate some melodies from the other 2 parts which is pretty insane when you think of just how much this guy is making up on the spot. The entire album is just a fantastic performance that is great to just sit down and contemplate life to. It's beautiful and unique and musically dense and I think anyone with any sort of classical music and jazz background will love this piece of music. Score: 9/10 Highlights: Köln, January 24, 1975, Pt. 2 A, Köln, January 24, 1975, Pt. 2 C

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Beautiful background music

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Seeing this live is on my time machine bucket list.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Concierto para piano. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. I had no idea how proficient Keith Jarrett was.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

For an album that is solely recorded with one instrument and was improvised, and considering the distuptive circumstances a Jarrett had with the wrong piano, the long drive and barely eating due to his restaurant order arriving late, The Köln Concert is something to be proud of. The ultimate example of When Life Gives You Lemons... I do have to say my respect for this album is a bit more than my actual enjoyment I got from this. A bit cynical I know, but I just didn't love it.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

J’avais écouté cet album il y a vingt ans, parce qu’on nous présentait ça à l’université comme un moment important dans la carrière de Keith Jarrett et dans l’histoire du jazz. Le fait que tout était complètement improvisé et que tout s’était mal passé durant la préparation du spectacle était mis de l’avant pour nous convaincre de la qualité du pianiste. À l’époque, j’avais trouvé ça un peu quétaine et ennuyeux. Aujourd’hui, je pense être plus apte à trouver ça intéressant. C’est en fait très intéressant et ça teinte tout ce qu’il a fait après, et pas seulement en solo.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Incredible performance. I do believe that all of this was improvisational, as Jarrett's occasional whoops sound like he's even impressing himself. The valleys give way to amazing peaks.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Beautiful album

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Wed May 18 2022
4

peaful :)

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

One Show, One Man, and One barely functioning Piano. A fascinating story behind this recording, and the improvised piano work is excellent here. At an hour in length, this wouldn't be something I want to do full returns to, but I am very glad I listened to this. Favourites: Pt. 1, Pt. 2 C

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

“I’m tired” “I’m hungry” “My back hurts” “This GRAND piano isn’t as big as what I wanted” Oh suck it up jazz wanker, play Rocket Man or something. He did hit some decent notes though.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Exquisite listening. A record I rarely play, but always enjoy immensely when I do.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

background music to me

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Mostly very good. Playing is amazing. Most songs are good, some are eh.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

At first I was ready to skip this one because I don't think live albums should be on this list, but is it really a live album if it's just piano? Isn't all piano work live? That's my thought at least as I was taken on a journey on the ivories by this guy. And as crazy as it is, I'm a fan of those 26 minute tracks of just calming piano music.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

4 2022 has definitely been the year of jazz discovery for me. I’ve been trying to understand Jazz on a deeper level and it’s been a real challenge at times to be honest. So naturally I was excited when our first Jazz album came up and oh boy this is a really fun record. The sheer amount of skill and understanding of the craft is on full display. For a little while I was thinking this was going to be ‘cocktail party iazz’. Something quiet to throw on in the background while everyone pretends to be fancy, at about 8 minutes into the performance I was surprised. The tonal change engaged me enough to keep going. This is not challenging Jazz and I think that’s the best thing about it. It’s the opposite of cocktail Jazz. It’s the album I put on after a long day at work and want a nice, but not boring drive home. I’ll definitely be listening again and again because I don’t feel like I’ve heard every he has to say yet. It’s not really structured with songs so I can’t name a favorite but I definitely would buy on vinyl.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

El començament del primer tema, sobretot l'in crescendo de la primera part, és espatarrant, et deixa amb la pell de gallina. Un dels descobriments pels quals val la pena aquest repte dels 1001 discos. Saber a més que tot ell és un repertori improvisat, és encara més boig. A mi em projecta un sentiment optimista per part de Jarret, com d'enamorament, ves a saber si d'algú o de la vida, un d'aquells efectes misteriosos -i màgics- de la música. Els seus supirs i onomatopeies encara potencien més l'efecte. Meravellós

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Had some trouble locating this entire album. There are so many covers of different segments by muliple artists, which just says volumes of Jarrett's performance. I found his techinical skill and improvisational ability to be amazing. This is some beautiful music.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Probably the most surprising listening experience for me so far. Being unfamiliar with the genre, I have a narrow, specific sound in my head when I think "jazz," and this album is nothing like it. This seems to have elements of both jazz and classical, and it is simply beautiful to hear.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Very good!

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Lovely

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Enjoyed this more than I expected. Found it accessible and it suited my mood.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Unbelievable skill, enjoyed it way more than I thought i would enjoy a piano solo.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Not too long, not too short. A lot of good things and powerful from time to time. 4/5

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Très très fort

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Just one dude and his piano, but sounds outstanding. Really enjoyed this. Great to have on while concentrating.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

08/29/2022 Love that I’ve been getting jazz albums for the past two days!!! Had heard of Keith Jarrett, but never had a solid grasp of his work. This album was really beautiful, especially since I love jazz pianists. I can’t imagine how transcendent this performance must have been for the audience watching live. — Today was another chill day. I made chicken salad, watched bcs w fi, did some reading for school, and got to talk to Lukey on FT :)). School tomorrow, also excited to continue watching bcs w fi <3

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Beautiful. The groaning is a little weird, but it's so obvious he's in a deeply personal groove that it's hard not to get sucked into the composition.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

G D C G A, then ad lib

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Seventies ivory tickling.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

A remarkable recording even if it does descend into background music at some points.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

I really enjoyed listening to this after so many years. Like visiting with an old friend. A classic, without a doubt!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

This album is the proof that jazz doesn't need huge bands or extreme complexity to be good. Sometimes, a man messing around with a piano can create some of the most beautiful jazz sounds ever. Bravo Keith!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Piano!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Dude has some fucking nasty technique god damn

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

3/4

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Very nice. As soon as it started playing, i felt relaxed, and taken on a journey. However - because these tracks are 26 minutes, 18 minutes long - it loses one star.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Impressive that this is all improvisational, and some amazing lines in there. Not my thing, but belongs on this list for sure.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Lovely piano jazz change up. Will listen to again

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Pretty good. Should re-listen sometime.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

I enjoyed this but was surprised to see it here.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Very calm and relaxing music

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Wow, very impressive, captivating. Better than I thought a piano concert could be!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Još jedan jazz? Ohaj, ovo je više kao jazz - ali ECM Jazz ***combining elements of Jazz Fusion with the subdued atmosphere of Cool Jazz and the Western Classical Music bent of Third Stream.*** Ali meni više zvuči kao neki elegantni klasični album. Sviđa mi se i glazba, cover, naziv albuma, naziv pjesama. Super.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Sviđa mi se kad krene stenjat u prvoj pjesmi

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Great jazz concert, great piano work. This is some real talent. I loved it, I can see why it is received so well after all these years. Would listen to again, many, many times.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Definitely worth the listen, I'd probably need to be in the mood to revisit it, but most certainly some lovely piano music here.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Brilliant improv solo piano played live on a decrepit piano he hated to a crowd in 1970 Cologne.. Long pieces that wander in interesting places plus occasional crowd noises plus moans from KJ. Staggeringly good. Feel the groove. Strong 4

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

pretty chill. saved.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

I don't know enough to judge the quality of a jazz piano performance but I really enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Really nicely done. Some of the best background music I've heard in years. Probably good to see live in concert. Also good to play at home if you've got a deadline or an aunt visiting, or if you're going out and the dog gets lonely.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Fantastic musician. Not a real big fan of his style or the songs themselves, but props for how well he plays. Also not a fan of the guy in the audience that kept moaning when he heard something he liked.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

WOAH PIANO MUSIC??? Hard to think this will be less than a 5. It's less because the music is pretty intense but its ALMOST a 5.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

This is what the soundtrack would have been to a more serious/depressing "Peanuts" special, but set in the adult world. Snoopy as an aged dog, wandering the streets after Charlie Brown left home... Linus becomes an addict and ends up working at the docks where blankets are most definitely not allowed.... n.b. that's the highest of compliments. Peanuts rule. Labeling this "jazz" might be accurate but it's not describing it at all. Super accessible but not in a simplistic way. I love the melodies he composes on the spot - his occasional vocal outbursts add to the live feel - the record wouldn't have been the same without those. I've owned this record for years and never am sure how I came by it - maybe inherited from an older relative, tucked away between old Elvis Costello and Cars albums. But it's been a Sunday morning go-to for a while - perfect soundtrack for a quiet snowy day. Even if you think you hate jazz, give it a shot. This isn't bebop; it's more just instrumental melodic composition. Love it and definitely recommended for all. 8/10 4 stars

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Tue Dec 06 2022
4

Si on est dans le mood c'est vraiment très agréable :)

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

I enjoyed listening to this. Part I in particular sounded very… lyrical. But I have to be honest, I started to lose focus on it somewhere in to part II. I think if I was there at the concert I would have appreciated it more.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

This is a perhaps the most iconic solo piano album ever. It was interesting to read on Wiki about all the screw-ups that preceded this concert, very impressive that he was able to pull it off despite all the adversity. My only complaint is Jarrett's trademark moaning and wailing while he plays which is a bit distracting. Favourite track for me is Pt II, C.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

Ich kann hier nun wirklich keine kompetente Bewertung bezüglich Könnens, Genrebezeichnung (Malo, das ist doch Acid, oder) und Verortung des Keith Jarrett im Musik Zirkus abliefern. Mir gefällt aber das flirrende, wiederholend variantenreiche Spiel. Klavier ist eh ein riesentolles Instrument, alle Komponisten und Spieler werden jedoch immer eine Welt für sich bilden, die zu erkunden wohl eine Lebensaufgabe darstellt, wie mit Ü40 Chinesisch zu erlernen. Deswegen bleibt die qualifizierte Meinung darüber aus, ob Keith gut spielt, welche Fehler eingepreiste Varianten sind und welche nunja Fehler sind und ob das kitschig oder virtuos sei. Mir gefällt es, jedoch ohne die große Dringlichkeit seiner Performance. Salomonische 2.5

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

got pretty intense in the middle. the guy has some mad stamina.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

Virtuosismo al piano. Atemporal

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

This album was fine, but it's not particularly my style of jazz

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Beautiful concert piano. A bit too relaxing for a work setting, but perfect for background music at home.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Мне кажется я не понял

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

Some nice jazz piano, I like it. The crowd is quite enough that the live element doesn't bother me. You can hear him humming along to his playing sometimes..

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

It's okay

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Piano was nice. Weird human noises in there tho

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Quite enjoyed this as background music but wouldn't call it anything more.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

chill piano music

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Tak koscistego zywca jeszcze na plejsce nie bylo, tylko jeden artysta, jeden instrument i podowjny krazek jest ich wynikowa, artysta jest Keith Jarrett, ktorego nie kojarze, bo solowego materialu nie ma az tak duzo w porownaniu do tego na ilu albumach wystepuje lacznie, bo gral nawet u Davisa czy z jazz messengersami, natomiast jego instrumentem jest pianino, czyli rowniez pojecia o nim nie mam, opis albumu mowi o jakis zamiankach pianinowych, graniu na sprzecie ktory mozna se rozbic o kant dupy, o tym jak Keithowi sie nie chcialo nagrywac jakiegos koncertu dla smarkuli w kolonii, ciezko stwierdzic jaki to gatunek, bo chyba nigdy nie sluchalem solowych klawiszowych jazzow, ale najblizej kojarzy mi sie z evansowym graniem na postbopowych albumach, chociaz jazz to jednak nie jest to malpia improwizacja barowa, a jednak koncert operowy, wiec i publika odzywa sie jedynie nagrodzic brawami na koniec traka, sam muzyk tez nie wchodzi w interakcje z publika poza sama muzyka, calosc podzielona jest na dwie czesci, przy czym pierwsza ma 26 minut jako jeden trak, wiec naprawde potezna improwizacja, druga czesc jest podzielona na trzy traki, najkrotszy ma 6 minut, wiec jak znalazl na plejke, nadal nie jestem przekonany do klawiszy, ale jednak sluchalo sie dobrze albumu jako soundtracka do lektury, moze niezbyt gatunkowo trafilem, bo czarny jazz z napoleonska rasijom, ale jednak sprawdzil sie wysmienicie, pewnie nie bedzie mi dane zrozumiec fenomenu tego picku na liscie muzyki rozrywkowej, bo az 104 wydania tego krazka i nadal pojawiajace sie nowe musza o czyms swiadczyc

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Different

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

This was pretty good. I found out after listening that it was all improvised which is impressive. I could personally have done without the moaning and wooing throughout. Still, music was pretty.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Good, not my genre.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

74. The Köln Concert - Keith Jarrett - 4 tracks The best selling piano recording in history? It's ok, but it doesn't do it for me. It's good, of course it's good, but it doesn't make me want to listen to it again. 3/5

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Relaxing album, classical not generally my genre, but enjoyed it well enough

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

Lovely piano

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Meh. Very nice, very impressive, but just doesn't move me in the way that guitars and vocals do. Interesting story behind it though, with the wrong piano being brought, and then needing tuned, and then ... just read the Wikipedia page!

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

What a great, relaxing album. Very enjoyable. First time I've heard it. 3/5

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Classic mid-70's piano jazz..

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

It was enjoyable to listen to, but I wouldn't revisit it again.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
3

3. very pleasant, though nothing i'd go back to in the future I don't believe.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Really grew on me as I listened throughout the day. Brings up emotions unexpectedly.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

חמוד ממש

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Tue Jan 18 2022
3

Wow, that first song is amazing

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