domenica 30 ottobre 2011

Intervista a Keith Jarrett

Il sito del quotidiano The SeattleTimes ha pubblicato una bella intervista a Keith Jarrett in occasione dell'uscita del nuovo album, intitolato Rio, pubblicato la scorsa settimana per l'etichetta tedesca Ecm e della sua partecipazione al Earshot Jazz Festival di Seattle in trio con Gary Peacock e Jack DeJohnette.

Ecco un estratto della intervista:

"I am a romantic, I admit it," he said. "I mean, I don't care if I don't know the words, but if I do, I don't play the song the way I would otherwise."
Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette have developed a near-telepathic level of communication that sometimes even takes them by surprise.
"Sometimes it makes me smile," he said. "If we play the last note of something, and we're in a rubato section and I might be playing a little coda, how Gary knows exactly where that chord is going to come is beyond me. More often than not, we end at exactly the same time."
Of DeJohnette, Jarrett said, "Most drummers just play the drums. And they'll say, 'I don't like playing that hall because of blah blah blah.' But you have to be able to change dynamics, the whole spectrum. You might have to shift radically. We played a hall in Vienna that never had jazz before — for good reason, it was so [acoustically] live. Jack just never picked his sticks up because there wasn't any way that would work. And we were swinging. He just did everything with brushes."
Before Peacock played with Jarrett, the bassist lived in Seattle, teaching at Cornish College. Jarrett prizes Peacock for his flexibility and openness.
"He enjoys equally whatever it is that's going on," said Jarrett. "He has no preferences. He'll just put himself wherever it is, wherever the music is. It's not a matter of playing certain notes, it's that I can always tell that his — let's say enthusiasm — for the music doesn't depend on what we're playing. Vamps? Great. He'll do that forever. If we're doing ballads, he'll do that forever. That's the reason the trio has been together this long. Nobody has any complaints about anything! It's like a marriage that works."
The metaphor was apt. Jarrett's 2009 solo album, "Testament," was a dark and tortured excursion that reflected the breakup of his actual marriage. During that difficult period, Jarrett also got into a notorious tiff with the producers of the Umbria Jazz Festival over errant cameras , which got him banned from the festival. Jarrett was roundly criticized for his behavior, but the pianist was unrepentant. Bootleg recordists irk him.
"I didn't feel that was a slip up at all," he said. "I felt like it had to happen somewhere, because I've been in so many situations like this. I stopped playing [outdoor concerts] because it was impossible to control."
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Ecco il video del trio di Keith Jarrett che presenta G Blues al Teatro degli Arcimboldi di Milano il 21 luglio 2011

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