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Keith Jarrett: Tokyo '96

C. Andrew Hovan By

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Little did pianist Keith Jarrett probably know that when he got together with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette to cut a trio album of standards back in 1983 that he was creating an ensemble that would become a standard in itself. Now with over a dozen albums under its belt, the Jarrett Trio celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with the unearthing of tapes from a live concert recording documented on 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

Title: Tokyo '96 | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: ECM Records

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