Our Monday music interlude is a stellar performance of Thelonius Monk’s jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by the Keith Jarrett trio, with absolutely amazing cymbal work by Jack DeJohnette.
The surreal images are by Portuguese artist Ben Goossens.
From the album Whisper Not (1999)
Keith Jarrett - Piano
Gary Peacock - Bass
Jack DeJohnette - Drums
Recorded live in Tokyo, March 30, 1996 at Hitomi Memorial Hall
Keith Jarrett (p)
Gary Peacock (b)
Jack DeJohnette (d)
Testing out some changes in our automatic NPR audio feature, with a fascinating All Things Considered interview with Keith Jarrett about the new Trio album soon to be released, Somewhere (Live in Lucerne / 2009). The album almost didn’t come out, because the band had a miserable experience on-stage that night.
Jarrett says the hardest part was convincing [Gary] Peacock that the recording was good. You wouldn’t know it listening to Somewhere, but “he was in hell that night, as far as the sound was concerned.
“Players are very protective of their turf,” Jarrett says. “Over and over in the past, I’ve had the experience of knowing we just played the best version; we will not need to do another take. If it’s a band, it’s a band. If what we do when we’re playing together is good enough, even the solos don’t matter that much. What matters is the spirit kept.”
The ECM website has a full track from the recording you can stream online: Home - Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette | Somewhere | ECM 2200 - ECM Records.
Discovered this amazing treat at YouTube - the full concert DVD of the Keith Jarrett Trio’s “Standards” concert on March 30, 1996 at Tokyo’s Hitomi Memorial Hall. This DVD is long out of print, and it’s one of the most beautiful and virtuosic sets this exceptional group has ever played. (I have a DVD copy but it got damaged somehow and won’t play any more.)
It’s been a tough few days, but music like this reminds us of the best human qualities: invention, improvisation, and humor, with a touch of chaos. Enjoy.
The always incredible Keith Jarrett Trio does the Sammy Cahn standard “I Fall In Love Too Easily.” Live in Tokyo, 1993.
The most telepathic jazz trio in history reverently performs the classic Oscar Levant ballad “Blame It On My Youth,” with their usual sensitivity and grace. Listen to the sound of Gary Peacock’s double bass at the 1:00 mark; sheer beauty.
The Keith Jarrett Trio burns through Dizzy Gillespie’s “Woody’n You,” twisting and bending the chord structure and rhythm until it seems like it’s falling apart, but somehow remaining coherent and swinging like mad. An inspired performance from the early days of the group.