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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jazz DVD I Own, August 24, 2002
This review is from: Keith Jarrett Trio - Live at Open Theater East (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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Initial post: Mar 5, 2011 2:48:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2011 2:53:04 PM PST
Any Jarrett fan learns to naturally filter them out? You've got to be kidding me. That racket he makes is HORRIBLE and prevents any awakened listener from losing himself in the music. It's a major distraction and NO ONE filters it out. At best, you can only forgive him and keep listening.

Chalk up these five-star reviews to hardcore jazz aficionados who tolerate anything if it's done by one of the revered names.

The Monk/Coltrane album unearthed a few years ago? Terrible unlistenable sound quality recorded on a home-tape-deck. But it's Monk and Coltrane! Five stars! Chick Corea Elektrik Band? Quantized synth music recorded specifically to sell albums. But it's Chick! Five stars! And don't get me started on that Coltrane album that the man recorded while he was under the influence of LSD. It's Coltrane! Landmark experiment! Five stars!

You just have to filter the noise out.

I guess if you go to a Kiss concert, you can also filter out that it's too loud, the musicians are all wearing makeup and costumes, and the music is banal.

Other than that, it's pure genius. You just have to filter out the distractions.

See my one-star review. You've been warned. This is just a DVD of a great musician ruining his own performance with obnoxious and inconsiderate nasal noises.

I can only assume that Keith is so busy and prolific that he never goes back and listens to any of his own stuff.

Ever notice how no one can tell that they're a bad driver? Or lover? Or conversationalist? All of a man's ways seem right to him.

Some people are so into their own heads that they have no concept of the effect they have on other people.

Or in this case, their recordings.

Do what I did. Just stop listening to Keith Jarrett entirely. It's not worth the work to "filter it out", if such a thing could even be done.

Okay, I did keep the Koln Concert CD. That's my one holdout. No nasal noises on that one, for some reason. Everything else? Just bad...

Bad, Keith ... BAD!!
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