What does it sound like?:
After his solo performances in Italy in 1996, captured on the A Multitude of Angels set, ill health forced Keith Jarrett to take a lengthy hiatus from playing. The show on this two cd release, from Newark in 1998, marked his return to the live arena, this time as part of the ‘standards trio’, along with Gary Peacock on double bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.
The trio improvise their way through selections from the Great American Songbook, starting with a fifteen minute take on The Masquerade Is Over, where they set their stall out in terms of technique, melody, harmony and expression. They move on to inspired readings of a selection of bebop tunes, including a white knuckled version of Charlie Parker’s Scrapple From The Apple, Bud Powell’s Bouncin’ With Bud and Sonny Rollins Doxy. The highlight of the show though is surely a sprightly One for Majid, but during all these pieces they veer off into their own musical creations within the framework of the familiar tunes. There’s a steamy rendition of Coltrane’s Moments Notice, and even a version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is thrown in to the mix – well, it was getting towards Christmas at the time. The encore of When I Fall In Love rounds things off very nicely, thank you.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a trio with nothing left to prove, recorded at the top of their game. The interplay between the three musicians at times seems almost telepathic. Great music played by great musicians.
Goes well with…
An evening when you have time to listen to the whole thing all over again.
Might suit people who like…
Jarrett, jazz, bebop, American standards, superbly and innovatively interpreted.