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KPFK: Global Village - Thurs. is thankful for Keith Jarrett

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Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century. As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles from classical to folk musics, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition. He has recorded over 80 albums as a leader in jazz and classical music. And he has won the Down Beat Critics Poll as a pianist numerous times, including consecutively between 2001 and 2008. His 1975 solo piano album The Köln Concert is the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and the all-time best-selling piano album.

The recently released; Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from KJ's 2016 European tour, recorded two weeks earlier than the widely-acclaimed concert released as Munich 2016. The new double album documents the pianist's solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience - and the context inspired much creative improvisation. 

For the Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving edition of KPFK: Los Angeles - Global Village - Thurs, John Schneider dedicates the 2 hour show to Keith with music and John's interview with Keith he conducted from 2005.  LISTEN