Keith Jarrett Trio Returns to the Kimmel Center: "The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Tour"
The audience response insisted that the group come out for encore after encore, and they obliged with comfortable renditions of "Some Day My Prince Will Come," "When I Fall in Love," and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," concluding with a lively C minor jam.
An added feature of any Keith Jarrett concert is "Jarrett-watching." Conversations invariably turn to his behavior and words on stage. I have wondered at times whether Jarrett is a perfectionist who can't help himself, or whether he's found a canny way to garner attention. In this particular concert, he appeared to be in a more light-hearted mood than usual, and he refrained from the critical remarks that are his trademark. Paradoxically, however, he had the piano placed in the way that Miles Davis sometimes performed, with his back to the audience, although in Jarrett's instance it may have been because he wanted the sounding board to project towards Peacock and DeJohnette. In some of his remarks, he implied that he is intent on reaching and pleasing his audience, in contrast to his usual iconoclastic persona. In his self-authored liner notes for My Foolish Heart (ECM, 2007), he also intimated a strong interest in winning over the audience. Well, on this occasion he and his group certainly achieved that objective.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett: piano; Gary Peacock: double-bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums.