- Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set, Live
- Label: ECM
- ASIN: B000024JEX
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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At The Blue Note - The Complete Recordings Box set, Live
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In June 1994 over three extraordinary nights at the celebrated Blue Note in New York City, Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio took American jazz to new heights. Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note - The Complete Recordings (over six CDs) captures every tune from every set from every night - a unique documentation of one of this decade's greatest performances.
"Jarrett makes each new note sound like a discovery...The music whispered and glimmered, seeking a pure, incorporeal song." - New York Times, June 6, 1994
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Top Customer Reviews
dizzy heights achieved here. Thats not to say his other cd's arent good. Its just the music here is so good that anything thats followed cant compete.
But where to start. Anywhere really, as you can dip in here & there & still find excellant jazz.
My personel favourite is 'I Fall In Love Too Easily' which start so fragile but transcends into 'The Fire Within' which holds you in such an intense rapture you hope the song doesnt end. Being on disc 5 its very tempting to ingnore the final disc as you will want to hear this song again & again but you'll be missing out on more great jazz.
How did Keith Jarrett follow this. Well, in my view he hasnt.....yet. But I will continue to listen to his music in the hope he will again achieve the power & passion his playing is here.
NB This also makes a perfect companion to his Sun Bear concerts box set.
Buy & enjoy always
I say 'intimacy' because, judging by the applause, I'd be surprised if there were more than 300 in the audience. And you get frequent reminders that they are there -- on CD#1, track #1, around 7:10, you can hear a wine bottle go tumbling!
It's so hard to pin Jarrett down. He's produced excellent group work (e.g. 'Survivors' and 'Nude Ants'), solo albums (e.g. 'Vienna' and 'Dark Intervals'), solo classical (e.g. Handel) and the experimental (e.g. 'Spheres' and 'Arbour Zena').
Previously I've found the Standards trio to be the least compelling aspect of his output -- it's tempting, on first hearing, to put it in the 'dinner jazz' category which so many other trios have successfully played. Jarrett's own compositions are of such a high calibre that it seems almost wasteful to have the band play largely other composers' songs. Perhaps it helps to have seen the trio perform on video or DVD, then you realise how special the band is. In the Japanese concert I have, Jarrett seems to spend over half the concert playing the concert standing up (and dancing rather strangely!). Jarrett's scat-singing is also, uhm, unusual -- I doubt whether he was taught the technique at the Juilliard.
Although not budget-priced, it's impossible to fault this collection, and it is easy to be overwhelmed by the range of songs that the band played over three days, in two 65-minute sets per day.
Disc 5 starts with a track 21 minutes long. After a slightly disguised Piano introduction Jarrett begins a long exploration of "On Green Dolphin Street". This swings like hell in places, is occasionally a little funky, and is never less than very inventive. Just after 8 minutes the first Piano solo ends! After a brief interlude of bass solo and drums/Piano exchanges the theme comes back and seamlessly becomes "Joy Ride" at around 12 minutes. This is one of Keith's own compositions and has a calypso feel to it. Well you can guess that he gets into this in a big way and the drive and interplay between the musicians justs gets better and better. This track alone made the boxed set worth getting.
The other highlights on disc 5 are a rapid version of "You'd be so nice to come home to" and great version of Monks "Straight No Chaser".
Of particular interest to me were two versions of "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". You will hear Jarrett use blues licks in his solos, but not often do hear him play an entire piece in a bluesy/gospel style. This is fantastic stuff, driven along by some great bass by Gary Peacock.
I can't do justice to the set of 6 discs here. If you're a Jarrett fan and you don't have this collection, you should have. Likewise anybody interested in Piano trio Jazz should consider this an essential purchase. Its a shame more artists don't put out sets like this - although my bank manager might disagree.
Live at the Blue Note is not important like some other multi-night sets in jazz history; it doesn't represent a short-lived configuration for the group, or a breakthrough in style, or a particular highpoint. There is little "importance" to these three nights, yet this has not stopped Blue Note becoming virtually the touchstone recording for fans of the trio.
I suspect that one of the reasons that fans love this set is that it is some of the most exploratory jazz that the trio have played. The key example is "Autumn Leaves": I have three other versions of this song by this group, and they are all good, but - at 26 minutes - this version is the most extraordinary. About half way through Jarrett moves into an extended invention which, while true to the original song, comes closer in spirit to a solo improvisation beautifully supported by Peacock and DeJohnette.
In a sense, the excitement is generated here by what the group does with three nights. At half an hour, "Desert Sun" is an extended modal vamp like he sometimes plays solo, but here the contributions from his fellow musicians (including a notable solo spot for the drums) give it a different sort of intensity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent recording of a jazz trio performing at the peak of perfection, not one duff track.Published on 31 July 2014 by Keith Marlow
I have most of Jarrett, most of Bill Evans, most of Monk. This is the best. 5 stars simply cannot do it justice. Evans Live at the Village Vanguard gets close. Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Mr. Rgs Draycott
Many terrific tracks, inevitably in over 6 hours of music the occasional flabbier one, but overall wonderful. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Leslie Keating
Haven't had time to listen to all of the six discs involved yet but this must be one of the finest jazz trios of all time. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Michael Heaton