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    Posted: 21 Oct 2020 at 9:36am

 Pianist Keith Jarrett unlikely to perform again after two strokes

Pair of strokes in 2018 have partially paralysed American musician, who can now only play with one hand

Keith Jarrett, the jazz and classical musician whose album The Kln Concert is one of the best-selling piano recordings in history, has announced that he is unlikely to perform again after two strokes.

The 75-year-old told the New York Times that he suffered the strokes in February and May of 2018, and was left temporarily paralysed. My left side is still partially paralysed. Im able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that took a year or more, he said. He spent nearly two years in a nursing facility.

He added: 'When I hear two-handed piano music, its very frustrating, in a physical way. If I even hear Schubert, or something played softly, thats enough for me. Because I know that I couldnt do that. And Im not expected to recover that. The most Im expected to recover in my left hand is possibly the ability to hold a cup in it.

His condition is likely to bring an illustrious career to an end. It began in 1964 after he moved to New York as a teenager, playing in jazz groups, first with Art Blakey and then, in the early 1970s, Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette and others. He also began releasing solo material, with 1975s double live album The Kln Concert bringing new audiences to jazz with its long-form, beautifully sentimental improvisations. It has sold nearly 4m copies.

Jarrett has faced other health problems during his life. He was wearing a brace for back problems at the time of The Kln Concert, and announced in 1998 that he was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Despite those ailments he has kept up a regular schedule of album releases throughout his life, often as live recordings and in a long relationship with the label ECM. His most recent release was 2018s After the Fall, originally recorded in 1998.

I dont know what my future is supposed to be, he told the New York Times. I dont feel right now like Im a pianist. Thats all I can say about that.

from  www.theguardian.com



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I'm sorry to hear all that, I had no idea.
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