on 19 December 2003
Along with 'The Melody at Night, with You' (which Jarrett made when recovering himself) this album has seen me through the worst discomfort. The trio are so wonderfully together that you are completely drawn in and the performance takes you through a succession of sublime moments that are life-affirming in a way that few others achieve. The audience reception suggests they were aware that they were privileged to be at a performance unlikely to be surpassed. If you have previously found Jarrett self-indulgent, deliberately difficult or just irritatingly repetitive there is none of this here. I'm amazed that there is no previous review. Repeat at will, you will not tire of this and there are no harmful side-effects.
on 3 July 2007
I agree with the previous reviewer: this deserves more critical support. It IS a terrific show, with the trio flying high on a set of wonderful tracks. It contains my all-time favourite track from this trio (I'll Remember April) which has real drive and bounce when, after the introductory percussion section, the three musicians kick in. I defy you not to want to leap about and disport yourself when this gets going!! The disc offers a wide variety of emotions & moods and, as noted elsewhere, sets a great standard of ideas and performance, with a really warm atmosphere. Great disc.
This is one of Jarrett's finest moments. This concert in Tokyo in March 1996 with his trio is one of the best Jarrett albums available. The rapport between these three men is well known, such that I don't think that they rehearse. Jarrett's style is on the classical edge of jazz piano playing and improvisation (being trained in the classics and having recorded Mozart extensively) and his skill as a pianist is beyond comparison, save to day that he is not a jazz pianist in the Dave Brubeck school, more the Bill Evans. Jack de Johnette is an unusually skilful percussionist, delicate and inventive, and Gary Peacock an empathetic bass player. The trio is free and tight at the same time. They feed off each other in an almost symbiotic manner.
This "standards" trio are appropriately named since this concert is 90+% standard material with just a couple of originals from Jarrett. Overall ten tracks, two of which are minor medleys of two tunes. The tempo ranges from the bebop of Charlie Parker and Bud Powell to sensitive ballads. Each listener may well find a different favourite track, but all are very good. Deservedly five stars....and the audience agreed, I'm sure.