recording of Keith Jarrett - March 1965
After I played for
awhile, I asked the kid if he'd like to play. He sat down and started
playing the standard tune, 'Tangerine.' I said "WOW!" and dragged out
an old Bell 2-track tape recorder (mono). I had an old condenser mic which I plopped down in the middle of the drum, bass, and piano.
The piano was a "no-name" baby grand (Bradbury).
Back in 1965
I was a full-time engineer doing piano gigs whenever. Each year my
wife and I threw a jazz party and invited friends and musicians that I
had worked with. That year I invited a drummer with whom I had worked,
Dannee Fullerton, to be the drummer at out party. Dannee asked if he
could bring a friend, a piano player. (Dannee said he didn't want the guest
piano player to crowd my act!) I said "fine," no problem. So
Dannee showed up with a kid (see picture) and a bass player, Kent Carter.
I was so excited
that I wound the take-up end of the tape (a 95-cent Radio Shack bargain)
around the hub of the tape recorder - rather than the take-up reel itself.
(When I went to remove it later, you can imagine the pile of spaghetti
tape I had on my hands.) The resulting misalignment of the tape accounts
for some gaps in the recording.
of 'Tangerine' is a tour-de-force of the young Keith. After a few choruses
of "regular" playing (right-hand solo lines, left-hand chords), he gets
into some two-handed octave lines that are pretty incredible. During
the bass solo, he silently sets up chords using the selective sustain pedal
- the middle pedal, then strums the strings to get the harp-like effect
- which is immediately answered with some regular piano chords.
After the Kent
Carter bass solo comes an awesome solo right-hand exercise. This
leads into Danny's drum solo. Keith's left hand emerges from the
drum solo with yet another prodigious display of technique.
Then the crowd-pleaser
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