My left side is still partially paralyzed

Keith Jarrett’s left side is still partially paralyzed by a pair of strokes in 2018. “I don’t feel right now like I’m a pianist,” he said.Credit…Daniela Yohannes/ECM Reco


Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano / The pathbreaking musician reveals the health issues that make it unlikely he will ever again perform in public.
By Nate Chinen The NEW YORK TIMES Oct. 21, 2020
The last time Keith Jarrett performed in public, his relationship with the piano was the least of his concerns. This was at Carnegie Hall in 2017, several weeks into the administration of a divisive new American president./ Mr. Jarrett — one of the most heralded pianists alive, a galvanizing jazz artist who has also recorded a wealth of classical music — opened with an indignant speech on the political situation, and unspooled a relentless commentary throughout the concert. He ended by thanking the audience for bringing him to tears.
He had been scheduled to return to Carnegie the following March for another of the solo recitals that have done the most to create his legend — like the one captured on the recording “Budapest Concert,” to be released on Oct. 30. But that Carnegie performance was abruptly canceled, along with the rest of his concert calendar. At the time, Mr. Jarrett’s longtime record label, ECM, cited unspecified health issues. There has been no official update in the two years since./ But this month Mr. Jarrett, 75, broke the silence, plainly stating what happened to him: a stroke in late February 2018, followed by another one that May. It is unlikely he will ever perform in public again./“I was paralyzed,” he told The New York Times, speaking by phone from his home in northwest New Jersey. “My left side is still partially paralyzed. I’m able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that, took a year or more. And I’m not getting around this house at all, really.”
Mr. Jarrett didn’t initially realize how serious his first stroke had been. “It definitely snuck up on me,” he said. But after more symptoms emerged, he was taken to a hospital, where he gradually recovered enough to be discharged. His second stroke happened at home, and he was admitted to a nursing facility. (Omitted below)



 キースの本領は、もちろん「即興( Improvisation)」、あるいは「アドリブ(ad libad libitumの略)。レコードでこれを聴いていてさえ、当意即妙などという暢気なものではなく、じつに息苦しくなるような「創作の瞬間」に立ち会っているような錯覚にとらわれてしまいます。もちろんライブだと、息が止まるような眩暈に襲われます。まさに、息を忘れそうになる場面の展開が実に延々と続くのです。



(余話ながら 昨日は、午前十一時過ぎに家を出て、連れ合いの入院先に。昼過ぎに手術開始、終了したのが五時過ぎでした。第一段階が終わり、これから第二段階に入ります。ジャレットと同じく、しっかり回復することを祈るのみです。コロナ禍の入院で、病院も厳戒態勢、家族といえども、基本的には面会禁止です)