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  1. When ya tell someone not to laugh, what happens?

    Mustn't cough…..mmm….must..(inner hacking) …not….(turmoil) …..cough…..(bending forward..Red Faced…)…. forget the music…concentrate on not coughing….(burying face into pants)…..Oh god…..for…give…meeeeEH,,EH..EH..ER…hack hack splurge….

    I love the odd cough. It carves an escape route through the air of self importance.


  2. Keith is well practised – April's Jazz Journal has the story and photo of a 1982 collapse in Manchester. But then, in pre-digital days, it was the photographer's spluttering shutter.

  3. Thanks Mark, that's a good point.

    I was also alerted by Christian McBride's Twitter feed to an interesting follow-up discussion in the Bay Area Examiner.

    Here's a sample

    I've seen a number of brilliant pianists in my time — McCoy Tyner, Brad Mehldau, John Lewis — and with every one sans Jarrett I had the impression they we're so deeply involved with what they were playing that someone could have set off a pipe bomb without interrupting their playing. It's a curious muse that gives a genius a train of thought as easily derailed as Jarrett's.

    I don't buy the complaint/theory about the audience perversely making more noise during the quiet passages. Just because you're not hearing certain sounds doesn't mean they're not there. In fact, not hearing would be a very useful skill to develop.

    One of the key concepts in psychology is “maladaptive behavior,” actions taken through habit or perversity that actual put you further away from a desired outcome. I'd argue that Jarrett's interruptions fall in that category, The audience is a little restive, you rip 'em for that, and now they're so tense and hyper-aware that all kinds of stuff is going to slip out. A polite request at the beginning of the show noting some ground rules (the “how to know when a piece is actually finished” policy, for example, would be helpful) and a bit of flexibility are far more likely to keep the audience working with you.

    The full article is here:


  4. That's lecture material for Alex Ross, author of “The Rest is Noise” (that you posted a short time back): “When to cough, when to clap”.

    “De-sensitisation Procedure Therapy – ritualistic exposure to the problematic situation (audience noise) in a relaxed setting (his soft ballard), until the anxiety is diminished.”

    Three little words: Everybody Coughs, Man.

  5. Someone told me a promoter, driven mad by the various conditions Jarret insists upon, switching grand pianos around and I dread to think what else, went on stage to present him with a baby's bottle.

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