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Setting Standards brings together three classic recordings; Standards Vol. 1, Standards Vol. 2 and Changes. Music brought to life in a sustained burst of creativity in 1983 at New York's Power Station. Presented now for the first time in a specially priced 3-CD box set. Having wrapped up two volumes of standards, the trio then moved on to improvisational areas resulting in the album, Changes. Three top flight albums recorded in one day! Not only that, the musicians had mapped out the area - from the Great American Songbook to free play - that they would continue to explore for the next quarter-century, making them perhaps the most widely-admired jazz group in the world today. This re-release celebrates 25 years of the "Standards Trio" It includes historical session photos by Deborah Feingold and updated liner notes by Peter Rüedi.

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"There really is no debating the identity of the greatest piano trio in the history of jazz" -- Boston Globe
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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000UPSKRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Douglas Nordfors on March 7, 2008
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jarrett is new to me and I don't have very much of this style in my collection, but when I first heard some of this trio I knew it was an essential addition. Although I'm no aficionado of the genre, it's hard to fault the inclusions on this. Jarrett's vocal expression will put some off, but to me it just reflects the feeling that he puts into playing, so I don't mind it.
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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.
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Just great music! There's not much I can add to what's already been said about these three stellar musicians and the way they play together. Listen and enjoy.
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This is a great compilation of some of the best recordings, that exemplfies the talent of this group playing flawlessly, in complimenting each other.
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