This is a must have for your collection. I have listened to this album at least 50 times and still throughly love it. I was fortunate to have seen Keith in concert years ago. He such an amazing musician.
My favorite album of music EVER.
In late summer of 1980, I had a chance to go to the music venue WOLFTRAP in Vienna, VA to see Keith Jarrett. He came out on stage...and it began to rain. And storm! And thunder! This brilliant artist listened and then began creating his concert/ our evening WITH this dynamic and robust storm! We all knew this was a once in a lifetime experience. Altho we were under cover, there was an entire lawn section that never moved or complained; they were SOAKED. As the storm moved eastward along its' path and took it collaboration with it, Mr Jarrett circled our evening to completion as thunder now rumbled in the distance. At his conclusion, we didn't want to break the spell! He got up and walked off stage and we all quietly left this magnificent evening, lightening flashing periodically in the distance to continue the concert with the thunder~~
Fantastic to find this on iTunes.
My last copy was on vinyl.
I cannot say it better than the other reviewer that said that you could feel Jarrett pouring his soul into the keys.
I love that image.
This performance still raises the hairs on the back of my neck every time I listen to it.
I remember when this LP came out in the year 1975. So much was going on then like the first Rocky movie was out. This CD by far of all of Keith Jarrett's solo piano CDs, still to this day blows me away especially the theme. To listen to him talk about today (2015) adds even more to the mystique of this CD, e.g. they had the wrong piano and it was not tuned properly. Every artist has one classic CD in them if not more, and for Keith Jarrett this is his classic LP/CD. I would say only the Paris concert, and the Vienna conert come close to this classic: THE KOLN CONCERT (LIVE). A masterpiece! And I have this on the original LP and CD!
I'm a big fan of Keith Jarrett and with this one he did not disapoint. My favorite part is Pt. I
it takes you to another place unimagineably .
This guy is a genius!
By Mauricio Guim
I am a classical pianist and I have been listening to classical music all my life, but this recording really blew my mind. I listened to it on recommendation of the great pianist Kiril Gerstein. I am glad to have bought it. It’s really very special.
When his album was released in the 70's it was a revelation. I was just getting into jazz and the Köln Concert blew all my concepts of music genre to pieces.
It's not jazz it's not classical, it's not folk music. It's just one guy pouring his soul into the keys. You hear all the influences, yet it's all fresh and original.
The last piece, Part II c is perhaps the most sublime 7 minutes in all recorded music.
I've been listening to this album for 40 years and never grow tired of it. I wore out my vinyl copy years ago but I'm glad I did. 1970's vinyl was awful. I'm so glad I can hear this without scratches and groove noise. I bought the CD as soon as it come out and am glad it's still available on iTunes.
My favorite piano recording ever
The final track pt IIC (Memories of Tomorrow) is my favorite.