In my opinion, Keith Jarrett is absolutely one of the best jazz pianists of all time, and even ranks in the top handful of top jazz musicians ever to walk the stage.
His performances emanate his musicianship and feeling, in a way that can’t be conveyed on a simple audio recording.
While many people feel that Jarrett’s on stage demeanor, wherein he dances around the piano and sings scat as he improvises his solo lines, is distracting, I think it’s evidence of one of the greatest performers of the 20th century.
To me, it is impossible to listen to Jarrett without becoming enraptured in the raw musicality of his lines. His ability to move from complex runs and harmonic constructions to simple lines any beginner could play is flawless, and the juxtaposition of these two elements is a huge part of what makes his solos so magical.
Check out the video below to see for yourself!