Keith Jarrett and his Broken Piano
For anyone who doesn’t know, Keith Jarrett is responsible for one of the world’s most successful jazz albums; The Köln Concert which was produced back in 1975 and quickly became the best-selling piano recording in history. He is still making music today and is widely considered to be one of the best jazz men of all time.
Jarret and the The Köln Concert
Despite the popularity of The Köln Concert, it transpires that the piano that was actually played for this sell-out recording was in a terrible condition. It was so bad that some of the notes didn’t actually work. Instead of cancelling the show that over a thousand people were anticipating in Cologne Opera House, Jarrett decided to play the atrocious piano. He managed to avoid the keys that didn’t work and wow the crowds regardless of the situation. The piano wasn’t nearly big enough to project into a venue like the Cologne Opera House, but Jarrett focussed on the bass notes, knowing that they would project better.
Listen Online to The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett
Somehow, Jarrett managed to turn a potential disaster into a raging success that has become a living legend in jazz history. If you have never heard the recording then it’s widely available to listen to and can be found on Youtube.
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