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Standards, Vol. 2

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So Tender
7:19  
02
Moon and Sand
8:59  
03
In Love in Vain
7:14  
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Never Let Me Go
7:52  
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If I Should Lose You
8:32  
06
I Fall in Love Too Easily
5:12  
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 45:08

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At Their Best

Eastender

This is Jazz at its best with a Trio that is inventive with the standards in a way that show cases the way these guys can respond to each other, taking the music to new places and back, seemingly effortlessly.

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probably the best recording of this trio?

jahstimpey

Jarrett's sorry kazoo-playing notwithstanding, this must be the single best recording of this trio. It's fresh, the standards are well chosen. The real star on this recording is: Never Let Me Go. The single most beautiful ballad he's ever recorded (maybe late Lament as a close second). His ballad playing and a wonderful latin song like So Tender, great...

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Wonderful piano - shame about the vocals!

yeti49

There's no doubting that the man is a genius. Even 26 years later this trio is still very hard to beat. What a pity that such sublime playing is spoilt by Jarret's inane, kazoo-like utterences. Did no-one in the sound crew have a roll of Gaffer tape handy?

They Say All Music Guide

One of three trio albums that pianist Keith Jarrett recorded with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette during the same month, this second volume of Standards gets the edge over the first due to its slightly more challenging material. Jarrett, who has often taken himself a bit too seriously, is surprisingly playful at times in this format. In addition to Jarrett’s “So Tender,” there are such superior songs explored on this date as Alec Wilder’s “Moon and Sand,” “If I Should Lose You” and “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” Bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette listen closely to Jarrett and no matter what direction the pianist turns, they are already there waiting for him. – Scott Yanow

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