I cannot write a review of this album. My aim in writing this is simply to persuade you to listen to it.
I bought this vinyl in 1986 with two Bill Evans albums ('The Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Album' and 'Paris Concert Vol 1' - both recommended) from HMV on Oxford Street in London. I was a big Oscar Peterson fan at the time, and I wasn't impressed initially by this first introduction to Mr. Jarrett. Grunting I was used to - whining though? You must be kidding!
Still I had enough of an ear to hear something interesting in his rhapsodic solo introduction to Stella By Starlight. I'd never heard anyone make a piano sing like that. I just played that passage over and over - not really interested in the rest of the album.
I can't really remember at what point I started really hearing the music, following the solo lines like stories, appreciating the integrity of each performance, and of the trio itself. It was at least twenty years ago.
As a work of art it is perfect. It transcends the musicians, the material and the genre. I am not uncritical of Keith Jarrett or any artist: he has major and minor works. But occasionally there is a confluence of craft, inspiration and occasion that produces something immortal. You have nothing less than that with this album.