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Album Review

Recorded in Tokyo's Orchard Hall before Japanese royalty and a packed house — and released two years later while Keith Jarrett was out of action suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome — the standards trio lives up to its formidable track record of consistency and then some. Jarrett and perennial cohorts Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette are, if anything, even sharper, swinging harder and more attuned to each other than ever. There was a stronger Latin subtext in Tokyo that night than usual; "I'll Remember April" opens with a long, spare drum solo and becomes a high-spirited calypso-flavored workout, and "Last Night When We Were Young" segues into a Jarrett boogaloo improv called "Caribbean Sky." Two bop standards touch off further electric sparks; there is a joyously funky "Billie's Bounce," and Jarrett really puts all of Bud Powell's imitators in the shade with his right-handed prowess on "John's Abbey." Even those who have assiduously collected all of the standards trio's voluminous output will find Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette speaking to them in fresh ways here. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews


Of the many Jarret, Peacock, DeJohnette albums to choose from, I don't think you could select a finer release than this one. The music is exciting and surprising at all times. The band plays many different feels and styles and somehow manages to make these tried and tru jazz standards sound fresher than ever. Drummer, Jack DeJohnette sounds better than ever – which is saying alot. He plays with so much free-swinging freedom, it is breathtaking. Check out his approach on "I'll Remember April" to hear what I'm talking about. But its difficult to single any one tune out here, as they are all fabulous. Gary Peacock plays a lovely bass solo on the ballad "Mona Lisa," and always seems to lay down the perfect supporting role for the adventurous exploits of Jarret and DeJohnette. I guess I could do a song by song review, but trust me, this album is without peer.

Phenomenal Concert

After "Billie's Bounce" I'm speechless. Amazing talent from all ends, especially Jarrett's (not surprisingly).

So Good

Of all the Jarrett recordings I've listened to, this is my favorite so far.Every chart is played wonderfully and it seems that only the next song could follow the preceding one. Definately pick this one up. There are alo a couple of videos of this performance on youtube!


Born: May 12, 1935 in Burley, ID

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A sophisticated, forward-thinking jazz bassist, Gary Peacock is a subtle yet distinctive musician whose intuitive, sympathetic ear for group interplay has found him crossing from straight-ahead standards to avant-garde free jazz. While his intellectual curiosity has drawn him to such wide-ranging pursuits as biology and Eastern philosophy, his immense musical talents, most often associated with pianist Keith Jarrett's "Standards" trio, have kept him at the epicenter of progressive jazz and creative...
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