The Formative Years
Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner
Wolfgang Sandner [+]
University of Marburg
Wolfgang Sandner, born in 1942, studied musicology, modern history and Italian. For almost three decades, he has been active as music editor for the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is professor at the University of Marburg, Germany and has penned portraits of such varied artists as Miles Davis, Heiner Goebbels and Arvo Pärt.
In a slow motion, concentrated review of these formative years, one might see them as a single, zany panopticon. And, indeed, some audiences reacted to these multi-directional sound happenings with a certain amount of irritation. In the end, however, these pieces are united by one substantial characteristic: Keith Jarrett’s will to develop his music on the spur of the moment, and not to capitulate to the mandates of a given mode that would restrict his urge to create.