Keith Jarrett

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This 1985 concert in Tokyo features Keith Jarrett's impressive trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The DVD is beautifully photographed and edited with excellent sound, and the trio offers fascinating performances of standards ("It's Easy to Remember," "If I Should Lose You," and "Stella By Starlight") and jazz compositions ("God Bless the Child," Paul Desmond's unjustly obscure "Late Lament," and John Lewis' "Delaunay's Dilemma"), along with his remarkable originals. Jarrett's classical training surfaces during his frequent solo introductions to several pieces, one of which is used as a bridge between "If I Should Lose You" and "Late Lament." While Jarrett's playing is at a consistently high level throughout the concert, his whiny vocals and contorted manner at the keyboard (often standing or bending at odd angles, though none of it seems necessary) make watching him perform rather distracting. But these minor aggravations should not prevent any jazz piano fan from enjoying this terrific DVD, reissued by Image Entertainment in 2002.