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Setting Standards: New York Sessions [Box set]

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ECM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Meaning Of The Blues
2. All The Things You Are
3. It Never Entered My Mind
4. The Masquerade Is Over
5. God Bless The Child
Disc: 2
1. So Tender
2. Moon And Sand
3. In Love In Vain
4. Never Let Me Go
5. If I Should Lose You
6. I Fall In Love Too Easily
Disc: 3
1. Flying, Part 1
2. Flying, Part 2
3. Prism

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'Setting Standards' brings together three classic albums 'Standards Vol. 1', 'Standards Vol. 2' and 'Changes.' Recordings made at the beginning of Keith Jarrett's "Standards" project with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette in a sustained burst of creativity in New York in 1983. ECM is re-releasing them in a specially-priced 3-CD box set - which is itself setting standards as the first in a new ECM reissue series - to celebrate the trio's 25th anniversary this month.

In January 1983 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette came together with producer Manfred Eicher for a recording session at New York's Power Station. The idea - revolutionary in an era when the idea of playing original material was all-important - was to simply make an album of jazz standards.

Gary Peacock: "We went in to do just one album but we came out with enough material for three. It was incredible. The only other pianist who had impacted on me that forcefully playing standards was Bill Evans when I worked with him. Then when we started playing standards on this date.... Whew! Talk about depth! It opens up a whole other level of experience."

In his book Keith Jarrett, The Man and his Music, Ian Carr writes "The whole session seems pervaded with unbridled joy, and each piece seems to get its quintessential performance. Jarrett overflows with new musical thoughts, Peacock plays the roots and also creates dynamic counter-lines, while DeJohnette seems to create a new rhythmic and textural vocabulary for playing standards."

Having wrapped up two volumes of standards, the trio then moved into improvisational areas. The result: 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 today's most widely-admired jazz group. These recordings, then, set standards at many levels. And the first volumes of "Standards" won album of the year awards around the globe.

Keith Jarrett - (piano), Gary Peacock - (double bass), Jack DeJohnette - (drums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Jazz at its best 25 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I got the CD set from Germany a couple of days ago where it has already been released. The box set is part of ECM's new series of reissues (Old & New Masters). If subsequent titles in that series are of similar quality, then music lovers are indeed in for a treat. As one would expect from ECM, the set design is stylish and the accompanying booklet, which includes some additional photos and an essay by music critic Peter Ruedi about Jarrett, exudes pure class.

Design aside, it is, of course, the music that matters. The set consists of three albums that Jarrett recorded with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack deJohnette in the 1980s. The association between the three musicians was at first rather loose, but subsequently developed into one of the most critically acclaimed and successful acoustic jazz bands. On the first two CDs Jarrett exclusively plays standards from the Great American songbook (previously issued on ECM as Standards vol I & II), whereas the third CD comprises three longer originals by Jarrett.

Interestingly, Jarrett approached the Great American Songbook at a time when Wynton Marsalis et al. were extolling the virtue of conservatism in jazz. However, Jarrett's interpretation of the great jazz standards is anything but conservative. The music sounds fresh, sophisticated, original, and, as is often the case with Jarrett, 'searching'. This is largely due to Peacock and deJohnette, two open-minded and communicative players (these lads can improvise), who harmonise and interact perfectly with the pianist. The mutual understanding and almost telepathic communication between the players is joy and gives the music depth and complexity akin to chamber music. Typical ECM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Steps on the Roads Taken and Not Taken 29 Jan 2008
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The set gathers together (with no bonus tracks) the three albums that the Keith Jarrett Trio recorded in 1983 at its first ever recording sessions in New York. At this point, the trio was all potential, and the discs produced - two volumes of Standards, one of Jarrett originals - suggested a ratio of old to new that would not be maintained in the subsequent quarter century. For some time the group was so well known for its exploration of the jazz tradition that it was known as "The Standards Trio"; listeners to this set may wonder whether that is an entirely good thing.

The music on these discs could have been housed on two CDs, but this fact cannot change the fact that the set is very good value for money: to buy these discs separately would previously have cost well over twice as much. The set comes in a matte white card box, with each disc also enclosed in a card sleeve. There is a standard pack-in discography (nothing exciting) and a thirty-four page booklet with black-and-white photographs (including some of the original recording session), together with an article reproduced in both English and German. The article includes more of the usual runaway hype, including a justification of Jarrett's vocalising that must be read to be believed. (Given that his strangled whoops and cries are especially prominent on these albums, perhaps some defence was needed.)

Musically, the two Standards discs (issued as Volumes 1 & 2) are less inhibited than some of their successors, with the performers ranging between music that is fairly obviously in the jazz tradition to performances that are less idiomatic. The version of "Never Let Me Go", for example, is a perfect jazz ballad that is uncannily similar to the version of the same tune performed thirteen years later on Tokyo '96.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great set - but watch out for those squawks 18 May 2009
By Cozynut
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure I agree with the other two reviewers about the sound quality of this set. My issue is the usual one about KJ's vocal squawks, and I can't help feeling that a sound quality exacerbating this isn't necessarily a good thing. This is particularly so given the excellence of the original vinyl recordings, which appear to me to keep KJ's vocalisations further back in the mix and are therefore rather less strident as a result.

So, an excellent set musically - I certainly agree with my fellow reviewers on that - but I'm afraid gets just 3***s because of the squawk factor. My own suggestion for those of you still with record decks would be to track down ECM vinyl copies as I think this may be one of those instances that really do warrant it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starter for three 8 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
1983. Jazz was going and coming, finding avenues and finding dead ends and trying to create a map: a cycle that had began in the 60's. Three musicians followed a trodden path and used it to this day. Listen to the first steps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come on! 7 Mar 2008
By Douglas Nordfors - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvel to Behold 7 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.

Between the recent release titled My Foolish Heart and Setting Standards, over the past few months I have had five Keith Jarrett CDs full of amazing music that has brought many, many smiles to my face and made my fingers quiver as I found myself playing air piano, air bass, and air drums while listening to these three amazing gentlemen ply their craft and magnify their art. If you have any young acquaintances or old friends that you would like to introduce to the glories of jazz, either or both of these releases would make a perfect gift.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Package 9 Mar 2008
By Felipe Toloza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards I and II, definitely the best of Keith's trio work 15 Jan 2010
By Harry M. Shin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1. I have (I think) all of Keith's trio CDs, including the multiCD box set from the Blue Note sessions and I've seen the trio at least 4-5 times over the years. That doesn't make me some music critic or snob, but I'm familiar with the full breath of Keith's Trio work over the years.

2. With that being said, the first two albums (Standards Vol 1 and 2) are the trio's best work; no question about it. The recording itself is superb, the energy is there, the songs, the soloing, it's all 100% awesome. The other recordings from that time (Standards Live... the first one to come out, Still Live etc...) are also 5 star recordings. At some point (I'd have to review the CDs specifically), the trio seemed to lose steam, as is perhaps inevitable.

3. Note: If you would like to check out the trio during this early era, get the initial DVD (now repackaged as "Standards in Japan"); completely awesome.

4. By the way, my favorite tunes from the Vol 1/ 2: All the Things you Are. So Tender. The price of the CD is worth it, just for these two amazing tunes.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like keith Jarrett, Setting standards is a must have for your Jazz collections. 2 July 2013
By James Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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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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