23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2008
The claim from the first reviewer of this product that this release is all about money is frankly ridiculous. Anyone who already has the original CDs or even LPs--and I imagine that the sales were fairly low compared to more recent releases--can hang onto them, and all the fans who haven't heard the astonishing beginning of this sublime trio should absolutely get their hands on this newly packaged edition.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2009
Not only did ECM recently release a new album by Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette (My Foolish Heart), but also they have released a remastered three-CD set comprising the first three releases from the "standards" trio, all of which were recorded at the Power Station in New York back in January 1983: Standards, Vol. 1; Standards, Vol. 2, and Changes. Many jazz lovers doubtless already own these albums on LP or CD, but for those who do not, here is the chance to immerse themselves in some of the finest piano trio recordings ever released.
Eschewing the tightrope act of his solo concerts, Jarrett put together a trio to play standards in an improvisational style. Somehow, these three musicians really clicked musically, and were able to record these three fine albums in their first studio sessions together. The first two releases, as you might guess from their titles, consist almost entirely of standards, while Changes contains three compositions by Jarrett that are a bit more freewheeling in style but still quite enjoyable and easy to get caught up in.
Truly, these three musicians are masters of their instruments; moreover, working together they achieve a level of creative musical energy that is a marvel to behold. Twenty-five years have passed since they first came together to record their perspective on venerable jazz standards such as "The Meaning of the Blues," "All the Things You Are," "God Bless the Child," and "I Fall in Love Too Easily," plus some originals by Jarrett, and these performances still sound every bit as fresh, powerful, and persuasive as they did when they were first released.
Between the recent release titled My Foolish Heart and Setting Standards, over the past few months I have had five Keith Jarrett CDs full of amazing music that has brought many, many smiles to my face and made my fingers quiver as I found myself playing air piano, air bass, and air drums while listening to these three amazing gentlemen ply their craft and magnify their art. If you have any young acquaintances or old friends that you would like to introduce to the glories of jazz, either or both of these releases would make a perfect gift.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2008
Since the very first time I listened Keith Jarrett's Trio, with the amazing 'The Cure' I haven't been able to stop. This package contains 3 of their fundamental albums and to have them is a must.
Who may refuse to be touched for the delicate and deep melody of 'Meaning of the Blues'?. Try, at least once.
on April 15, 2015
I'm Writing this review, in part, to counter several other reviewers who complain about Keith's voicings during his playing. This sort of thing is not new to jazz. Instead of being distracting, as expressed by some, I find it a very important part of the music. Like Oscar Peterson's frequent grunting....Keith's voicings add a certain coloration to the music. There is a joy and a freedom I feel from his musings....augmenting the music. I guess it's an acquired taste, but I never found this distracting. It's Keith Jarrett...a very talented musician.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1. I have (I think) all of Keith's trio CDs, including the multiCD box set from the Blue Note sessions and I've seen the trio at least 4-5 times over the years. That doesn't make me some music critic or snob, but I'm familiar with the full breath of Keith's Trio work over the years.
2. With that being said, the first two albums (Standards Vol 1 and 2) are the trio's best work; no question about it. The recording itself is superb, the energy is there, the songs, the soloing, it's all 100% awesome. The other recordings from that time (Standards Live... the first one to come out, Still Live etc...) are also 5 star recordings. At some point (I'd have to review the CDs specifically), the trio seemed to lose steam, as is perhaps inevitable.
3. Note: If you would like to check out the trio during this early era, get the initial DVD (now repackaged as "Standards in Japan"); completely awesome.
4. By the way, my favorite tunes from the Vol 1/ 2: All the Things you Are. So Tender. The price of the CD is worth it, just for these two amazing tunes.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2009
i'll be frank , i've never heard the album "CHANGES" (i do however own and adore "CHANGLESS") . owning the two STANDARDS albums in various formats since their time of release has quite simply been one of those life changing events you hear about . life enhancing to be certain . if you have the ability to understand the dynamic between these three gentlemen and what they're managing to convey , then you'll understand that this music is equivilent to being with your most compatible lover while gulping the most quenching glass of ice cold water you've ever consumed simultainiously . should be required listening in 11th or 12th grade highschools nationwide . beyond brilliant .
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
I have this on a playlist on my ipod and I noticed "In Love in Vain" is the first song. I apparently got my playlist garbled up and didn't get half the songs on there.
But never the mind. There's enough there to judge anyway. Absolutely brilliant music. I especially like the two part Flying piece. The first part has some breathtaking jazz piano solos and the second has some brilliant solos of Jarrett's abstract variety (if you need to categorize it I suppose it would be called modern classical). But they are woven seamlessly into a jazz piece, in contrast to some of Jarrett's abstract work where the whole piece is of that style, or in other cases the piece is partly mainstream jazz and partly abstract but there is a sharp transition between the two.
There is nothing here that is not wonderful. Now I just need to get my playlist corrected and get the first half of the songs on there too. I have no doubt they are of the same impeccable caliber.