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Keith Jarrett Trio - Live at Open Theater East

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An original and influential stylist, pianist Keith Jarrett and his trio, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, bring fresh, innovative interpretations to several "standards" in this breathtaking live performance recorded in 1993. Tracks: In Your Own Sweet Way, Butch and Butch, Basin Street Blues, Solar-Extension, If I Were a Bell, I Fall in Love Too Easily, Oleo, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Cure, I Thought About You. 130 minutes.

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Superb audio, interesting video direction, three virtuoso players interacting for more than two hours: recorded jazz concerts don't get much better than this performance by the Keith Jarrett Trio. Pianist Jarrett, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and bassist Gary Peacock play two complete sets of standards in this 1993 Japanese concert. Watching them is fascinating--especially Jarrett, eyes scrunched in concentration, writhing intensely, coaxing and wrenching ideas from his keyboard, and punctuating his improvisations with weird, off-key vocalisms. But listening to them is even better. This is a group in perfect sync with one another; even a 26-minute version of Miles Davis's "Solar" and Jarrett's own "Extension" doesn't have a boring moment. You won't get much of a "show," per se--typically, Jarrett doesn't say a word to the audience--but that's hardly the point. With musicians this good, the playing's the thing. --Sam Graham


Special Features

  • Recorded July 25, 1993

Product Details

  • Actors: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M1ZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Keith Jarrett Trio - Live at Open Theater East" on IMDb

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Le Kang on August 24, 2002
Format: DVD
I really wish all jazz DVDs were like this. No gimmicks, no useless documentary, just amazing jazz from possibly the most acclaimed trio still playing today. The sound quality is impeccable, allowing you to really appreciate Jarrett's poignant lyricism. Out of all the live jazz I've seen, only Jarrett has moved me to tears with the pure beauty of his playing. This DVD is a great capture of a great live performance.
Jarrett and his Trio are acclaimed for bringing standards back to the modern jazz limelight. The decades-old chemistry between Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette is obvious from their remarkable interaction in this concert.
Although I've never heard Jarrett play a bad set, this one exceeds my expectations. I've always been partial to the trio's "Bye Bye Blackbird", but other tracks like "Oleo" and "Solar" are among the true gems on this DVD.
The performance is wonderfully warm and live, with shots lingering just long enough to let you take it all in without engaging in the hyperactive camera work plaguing some music DVDs today. It's entertaining to see Jarrett lose his time in the first solo chorus of "Oleo", as former Miles-sideman DeJohnette throws him off with all sorts of off-beat explorations. Many complain about Jarrett's signature groans and horribly out-of-tune whining, but any Jarrett fan quickly learns to naturally filter them out. If you really have a problem with that sort of thing, don't buy this DVD or you will be distracted and more than a little disgruntled. On the other hand, if you can bear it this DVD is one of the best jazz DVDs out there.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Binder on August 23, 2001
Format: DVD
Keith Jarrett Trio Live at Open Theater East is the next best thing to being there. The DVD release features an uncompressed PCM stereo soundtrack (in addition to the standard Dolby 5.1 surround) that is as crisp and clean as it gets. This is one of the best sounding DVD concert releases I have heard.
The performance is stellar. Peacock, in particular, really shows how sympatico he is with Jarrett and DeJohnette, eliciting lots of smiles (and Jarrett's signature groans and hollers) from both.
It's a very well put-together program, with the highlights being Solar, Oleo and Keith Jarrett's original, The Cure. Presented with no interruptions, it's pretty much like being there. The filming is simple, with good coverage of all trio members, without some of the quick cuts that I find irritating in some concert recordings. If you are a player, you'll get plenty of chances to watch the musician who interests you, without the others being sacrificed.
Well worth the buy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Bertrand on January 31, 2003
Format: DVD
The musicianship and the quality of the filming and audio recording are simply outstanding, and it seems there is general agreement on this. The controversy concerns Mr. Jarrett's vocalizations. Here's my 2 cents:
I've been a Jarrett fan since the early 70's, own most of his recordings, and have seen him live both solo and with the trio numerous times, so I am very familiar with his vocalizations. I break them into two categories - hoops/hollers/moans/groans and "singing" along with the melody he is playing.
The hoops/hollers/moans/groans don't bother me at all...it simply shows how into the music he is, and for me it doesn't detract from the music. The "singing", as others have stated, you can learn to ignore. And frankly, in most of the recordings that I am familiar with, Mr. Jarrett's vocalizations are low enough in the mix to allow one to ignore them.
However, I must admit that with this DVD, the vocalizations are exceptionally loud (perhaps because of the excellent recording quality), grossly off and out of tune (more so than on any other recording that I own), and frankly on some pieces incredibly, and sadly, distracting.
Should you buy it? Folks, there are moments of sheer brilliance on this recording, and for the music sans vocalizations, this is a 5 star recording. I have played the DVD constantly since purchasing it, as I just love these guys. But in my view, the vocalizations are much more pronounced and annoying on this DVD that on the other Jarrett DVDs. Thus, I rate this DVD 4 stars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tjs001 on May 19, 2000
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Typically excellent concert by Jarrett / Peacock / De Johnette performed at an open theatre on a wet day in July 1993. Numbers played: "In Your Own Sweet Way", "Butch And Butch", "Basin Street Blues", "If I Were A Bell", "Oleo", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "The Cure", "I Thought About You" and a 26 minute "Solar - Extension" in which I finally get to see how the ever-inventive De Johnette makes some of his unique sounds. Deceptively easily, that's how!. Amusing to see the audience sitting motionless out in the gloom while these guys give it everything! We know, of course, that the Japanese love the music and revere the musicians (and they do respond when appropriate, by the way!) but it does look funny. Two hours of this wonderful trio in concert. It's a buy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Janni on March 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Watching these three artisits is a rare treat. They play with a level of musicianship, presence, surrender and selflessness that is extremely rare. In some pieces one wathches them becoming possessed in every cell of their being by the music, much of it clearly improvised. Watching this affects one deeply. Thank you!
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