Keith Jarrett's work in the 70s, especially with the European quartet on ECM, have been my favorite jazz records for a long time. I was a bit disappointed when he entered his "Standards" period, which seemed to me (without listening to it much) a retreat from his original inspiration into something more conventional. However, having decided that i owed it closer attention, i ordered this DVD simply because it offers more music for the buck than any of the CDs i considered at the time: two complete concerts recorded in '85 and '86, including 22 pieces (only 3 written by Jarrett). What surprised me was the intensity of the music-making here, especially on Jarrett's part, though Peacock and DeJohnette are obviously right there with him and make their own major contributions. The sound is impeccable, as you would expect from ECM, and so are the visuals, with no obtrusive camera tricks. Of course the music doesn't need them -- the unexpected turns of improvisation here make you forget that they are built around well-worn tunes, and the range of expression is remarkable. But it definitely adds something to watch Jarrett perform, removing all doubt that he is as totally possessed by his glorious musical demons as ever. Peacock is fun to watch too, looking more composed but certainly enjoying what the trio are doing together.
I can't list favorites or go into more detail here because i've only played it twice, but i can certainly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in Keith Jarrett's music of the 80s and 90s.
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