My Foolish Heart (Live at Montreux)
Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette & Keith Jarrett
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On My Foolish Heart, this veteran piano trio continues to explore the endlessly rich world of the Great American Songbook. The live double album, which was recorded at Montreux in 2001 and released in 2007, also includes covers of classic jazz material such as Miles Davis’ “Four,” Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo,” Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser,” and Gerry Mulligan’s “Five Brothers.” And it’s a surprise to find three tracks in a ragtime/stride mode —“Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and “You Took Advantage of Me.” Throughout the album, Jarrett never leaves the songs far behind, stretching and finely shaping the familiar melodies and chords. (He strays furthest on the Monk tune.) Jack DeJohnette, whose drumming is delightfully unpredictable and can be downright raucous, energizes the music in ways that only he can. Bassist Gary Peacock plays a load of solos; regardless of a particular song’s tempo or style, he sounds comfortable spinning out low-end tales. From the high-energy opener, “Four,” to the slow melancholia of the closer, “Only the Lonely,” My Foolish Heart sings a beautiful song.
keith jarrett - live at montreux
Any review of a Jarrett album should alert potential buyers about the extent of the pianist's vocalizing. For most people, this doesn't seem to be a problem. But for some of us, it always seems like the world's best piano trio has hired the world's worst singer. If they ever offered versions of this group's albums without the "vocals", I'd buy every one.
Standards Trio - Always Excellent
Honestly, do these guys get better every year or is is just my imagination? There is so much joy in this recording. Check out "Ain't Misbehavin". I'm on my 10th listen of this recording and the music has not lost it's hold on me. I agree with the previous comments: Jazz does not get any better than this.
Only Three Stars?!
I hate to give this trio "only" three stars, but I don't feel this release is quite up there with their best work. "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose," in particular, are very sloppy. I realize these could be considered loose and good fun, but the playing on these two pieces is so off its hard for me to listen without cringing. And Jack DeJohnette might be the finest drummer in the universe, but his solos & fills on those songs are really bad. I think this would have been bettter as a single disc release. Still, it has it share of great moments - after all this IS the best trio in jazz today.
Born: May 12, 1935 in Burley, ID
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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