Two long out of print concert films of the 'Standards Trio' in Tokyo - 1985 and 1986 - make their first appearance on ECM as a specially priced 2-DVD set. The two Japanese shows - earliest filmed documents of the trio - have quite different characters. Volume I finds Keith Jarrett reaching into a down-home, country-and-gospel inflected mode on several tunes, especially his own piece "Rider" and the Arthur Herzog/Billie Holiday song "God Bless The Child".
I Wish I Knew
If I Should Lose You
It's Easy To Remember
Stella By Starlight
God Bless The Child
Standards II - Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo (October 26, 1986)
You Don't Know What Love Is
In these moments, the trio moves into a joyful zone that has qualities in common with Jarrett's playing in the Belonging band. Volume II features a particularly exquisite performance of an all-standards programme, with a transcendent "On Green Dolphin Street" and a version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody 'n' You" that embodies the best of bebop.
Both discs feature films directed by Kanami Kawachi and offer real insight into the interactive nature of the Standards Trio's playing. They give an intimate picture of a group whose fame has since driven it toward ever larger concert halls and festivals. The close-up camera work shows fingers and faces, technical brilliance, emotional expression, and puts the viewer at vantage point closer than the front row.
We see as well as hear the rapid fire exchanges and the development of ideas, as well as the obvious delight that Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette share in this music.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett - (piano), Gary Peacock - (double-bass), Jack DeJohnette - (drums)
Standards I - Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo (February 15, 1985)
With A Song In My Heart
When You Wish Upon A Star
All Of You
Blame It On My Youth
Georgia On My Mind
You And The Night And The Music
When I Fall In Love
One Green Dolphin Street
Woody 'n You
Young And Foolish
NTSC - Color - 4:3 - Region Code: 0 (worldwide) - Total Time: 210 mins.