ReviewsIn this major biography of pianist Keith Jarrett, Wolfgang Sandner not only classifies Jarrett's recordings within the history of jazz, music and culture, but he tempts us to listen in a new and deeper way, and he enables us to understand the music beyond the boundaries of emotional listening.
Wolfram Knauer, Director, Jazz Institute, Darmstadt
Reviews of the German edition:
Wolfgang Sandner has brilliantly disproved the notion that writing about music is as impossible as dancing architecture.
Sandner is exactly the right person for this meticulous and pioneering task. His perceptions are as wise and well-informed as they are enthusuastic and unerring.
One is inclined to describe Sandner as this pianist's verbal alter ego. Like Jarrett, the cosmopolitan Sandner digs deeply into the material, displays virtuosity in comparisons taken from the spheres of art and cultural history, and can get as much caught up into hymnic Gospel fury with his meticulous characterizations as the great man does at the piano.
Wolfgang Sandner's book, however, is quite different. Naturally, it touches upon the most important matters in life, but, above this, the writng is musical in the poetic sense. It seems as if the language of this book has been adapted to match the pianist's own style.