Keith Jarrett: Tokyo '96
With past track records in mind, it may sound superfluous to say that the tapes were running during another typically magical evening for this trio. I mean, you wouldn't expect any musical duds from these players. But let us not take this music for granted. When you're talking about musicians of this caliber even their most cursory performance can make your average jazz man sound weak by comparison.
Another major plus was the standards chosen for this set, among them being such choice numbers as "It Could Happen to You" and "My Funny Valentine" featured along with lesser-known pieces like "Summer Night", Bud Powell's "John's Abbey", and Jarrett's own "Song" and "Caribbean Sky." Sound quality is magnificent, as to be expected, and there's a minimum of the Jarrett vocalizations that deter some listeners. Happy Anniversary Keith, Gary, and Jack and here's looking at another prosperous fifteen years!
Track listing:It Could Happen to You, Never Let Me Go, Billie's Bounce, Summer Night, I'll Remember April, Mona Lisa, Autumn Leaves, Last Night When We Were Young, Caribbean Sky, John's Abbey, My Funny Valentine, Song
Personnel: Keith Jarrett, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums
Record Label: ECM Records