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Keith Jarrett: Order and Ordeal

Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett

The calendar in Keith Jarrett’s kitchen looks like any calendar in any kitchen-a bucolic nature scene on top, blocks of days filled with scrawled notes underneath. It’s easy to imagine that, in other times, the calendar might be dotted with names of exotic places and dates of important performances. The logistical minutae of where and when.

This calendar, though, holds no elaborate travel plans. Each square is filled instead with numbers. They are various measures of Keith Jarrett’s health. The squares are completely filled in. They are uniform, unfailingly orderly-the response of someone who is accustomed to having control of his life being in a situation of no control.

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