Keith Jarrett on playing with Miles

RUFFIN: NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT WITH PIANIST KEITH JARRETT

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Keith Jarrett: I was under the strong impression, which turned out to be correct, that Miles wanted more funkiness. And he was already using electric instruments and he was already using wah-wah pedal on his trumpet. A piano woulda stuck out like a sore thumb with everyhing else being louder, basically.

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SO JARRETT WASN’T SURPRISED WHEN HE ARRIVED AT A MILES DAVIS JAM SESSION TO FIND NOT ONLY AN ELECTRIC PIANO BUT ALSO AN ELECTRIC ORGAN.

Keith Jarrett:  And then Miles said, “well which instrument do you want to play?” And I said both because I hate both of them equally, but maybe if they're together something will be different. If I was going to ever contribute anything to his band, it would have to be on his terms as far as the instruments were concerned.

THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH KEITH JARRETT WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Excerpt of “Honky Tonk” from the album, Get Up With It, composed and performed by Miles Davis, used courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. Used by permission of Kobalt Music and East St. Louis (BMI).