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Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette has been so good for so long that they might be taken for granted, but this 2001 concert from Munich's State Opera shows their combination of depth and spontaneity can still surprise. Jarrett has a knack for marking his own path through familiar repertoire, from the playfully exuberant "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" that opens the set to his deeply reflective solo version of "It's All in the Game." In between, the group's close-knit interplay enhances a limpidly beautiful version of "You've Changed," an up-tempo harmonic exploration of Cole Porter's "I Love You," and a hard-swinging account of Gerry Mulligan's "Five Brothers." The highlight, though, is the title track, a funky 20-minute tour de force that explores the blues from roots to branches. --Stuart Broomer
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For me, it's all about the music and I enjoy listening for the Bud Powell flavored phrasing I hear on some of the tunes rather than wasting time obsessing over minor vocalisms. The selections range from songs penned by Cole Porter and Jimmy McHugh to Gerry Mulligan and one Jarrett original. The concert closes with the Tommy Edwards `50s pop hit "It's All In The Game." Trivia: the lyrics, "Many a tear has to fall...," were written by Charles Dawes, U.S. Vice-President under President Calvin Coolidge (1925-29). While Keith performs the ballad without excessive sentimentality, it still may strike some deep chords of remembered romances in some listeners.
Jarrett leaves ample room for Peacock and DeJohnette to shine, and the group plays energetically and elegantly throughout without ever degenerating into stereotypic "smooth jazz." This is one of those rare performances that is strong enough to warrant your complete attention in the foreground or can be equally enjoyable at low volume in the background. Highly recommended.
It is like a man who left his home to travel the world only to return to his roots, yet bringing with him new ideas and freedom of expression.
It still amazes me that these recordings are live. Jarrett's unlimited capacity to improvise and create spontaineous musical moods makes each recording an experience. No other artist in any musical genre has developed this always present yet never fully captured aspect of jazz.
Clearly, these are landmark recordings that will have historical significance yet are accessable.
I was listening to this CD and my 8 year-old daughter came in and improvised a dance that captured the music in her own way.
Fine music communicates emotions and moods that cannot be expressed in words. Such was the joy my daughter experienced.
Many people find difficulty with Jarrett's intricate detail that on the surface seems minimalistic. To fully experience the music the listener must empty him/herself and allow the music to play you.
After 30+ years I still struggle to find the words. Perhaps there are none.
The Intro indulges in chords changes and it's an inspiring journey through many harmonies that finally arrives at the subtly and swingy second track on a perfect transition. I was completely blown out of my mind as I realized, the first time I listened to this, the entire performance is live. I mean how they're able to improvise at that level of perfection is beyond anything that can actually be expressed in words.
You've Changed is outstanding. Jarrett really commits to the blues. The true giants, the colossal geniuses of Jazz are not about showing off dexterity. They're lightyears ahead of that. This piece makes me transcend into a different place.
Could dedicate a whole paragraph or two to each piece but the long and short of it is this recording is a must in your jazz collection. You will treasure it. You will love it.