Entertainment Weekly - 1/12/96, p.57
"...Maudlin yet lyrical, reverent yet free spirited, pianist Jarrett at 50 is at the peak of his game, and this trio, with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock, is a unified organism, breathing new life into familiar jazz standards....May well be 1995's finest jazz release." - Rating: A+
Down Beat - 12/95, p.705 Stars
- Excellent - "...Very rarely has so much transcendent piano trio music from a moment in time been gathered in one place....Jarrett's trio has now achieved a level of intuitive interaction with few precedents in the history of jazz..."
Musician - 11/95, pp.92-94
"...sets the standard for standards....It's a gourmet feast--which...is almost an oxymoron. Listen in small doses; it goes down better....Where most bands build their solos on a rhythm groove, Jarrett constructs a melodic groove from which the rhythm grows..."
AT THE BLUE NOTE contains six complete sets by the Keith Jarrett Trio, played over the course of a three-night period.
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (acoustic bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded live at the Blue Note, New York, New York from June 3-5, 1994. Includes liner notes by Keith Jarrett
Personnel: Keith Jarrett (flute, piano, celesta, electric piano, harpsichord, organ, drums, tambourine, percussion, gong); Ralph Towner (guitar); Gidon Kremer, Michelle Makarski (violin); Kim Kashkashian (viola); Marcia Butler (oboe); Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone, maracas, tambourine); Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Dennis Russell (piano); Dave Holland , Gary Peacock, Palle Danielsson , Charlie Haden (double bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums, percussion); Jon Christensen (drums); Paul Motian (percussion).
Recording information: The Blue Note, NY (06/03/1994-06/05/1994).
Photographer: Allan Titmuss.
The six-CD box set Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note fully documents three nights (six complete sets from June 3-5, 1994) by his trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Never mind that this same group has already had ten separate releases since 1983; this box is still well worth getting. The repertoire emphasizes (but is not exclusively) standards, with such songs as "In Your Own Sweet Way," "Now's the Time," "Oleo," "Days of Wine and Roses," and "My Romance" given colorful and at times surprising explorations. Some of the selections are quite lengthy (including a 26-and-a-half-minute version of "Autumn Leaves") and Jarrett's occasional originals are quite welcome; his 28-and-a-half-minute "Desert Sun" reminds one of the pianist's fully improvised Solo Concerts of the 1970s. Throughout the three nights at the Blue Note, the interplay among the musicians is consistently outstanding. Those listeners concerned about Jarrett's tendency to "sing along" with his piano have little to fear for, other than occasional shouts and sighs, he wisely lets his piano do the talking. ~ Scott Yanow