Album: Keith Jarrett/ Gary Peacock/ Jack DeJohnette, Setting Standards, ECM

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This remastered box-set of the Keith Jarrett Trio's 'Standards' volumes 1 and 2 and 'Changes' – all recorded and mixed in two and a half days in New York in 1983 – is so good you have to listen extra carefully in case some new, as yet unappreciated shard of brilliance passes you by. Take the incredible gospel version of "God Bless the Child", with DeJohnette's thwacking snare and Peacock's snakey double bass sounding sharper than ever before, grounding Jarrett's piano vamps with heavy gravity. Jarrett's vocal wailing will still irritate some listeners, but here it seems indivisible from his genius.

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