Keith Jarrett on 'the calling' that drew him to jazz / NPR: Fresh Air
Keith Jarrett is acclaimed for his intense and physically energetic improvised performances. NPR: Fresh Air Kevin Whitehead reviews Jarrett's new album, Budapest, and we listen back to a 2000 interview with him.
Budapest Concert is the second complete show to be issued from Jarrett'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.