Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette are touring as a part of celebrating the trio's 25th anniversary and the reissue of two out-of-print concert DVDs. On August 26, ECM will re-release Standards I and II, which were previously available as separate VHS and DVDs, in a single package. The shows were taped in Tokyo in February 1985 and October 1986. The 1985 gig leans toward the softer side of the trio on songs such as Stella by Starlight" and God Bless the Child," while the 1986 show is an all-standards set featuring tracks like Georgia on My Mind," When You Wish Upon a Star" and On Green Dolphin Street."
The trio's first three ECM Records releases were Standards Vol. 1 and 2, and Changes. These recordings from the original New York trio session were re-released by ECM as a special 3-CD box set in January this year also in celebration of the trio's 25th Anniversary. It includes all new liner notes, plus a gallery of trio photos taken over the past 25 years.
Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette first played together in 1966-68 as members of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, then for one year in 1970, with Miles Davis. All three musicians first played together in 1977, when Jarrett and DeJohnette played on Gary Peacock's first ECM recording, Tales of Another.
They came together as a permanent trio in January 1983, when Jarrett invited the other two to join him in New York for a recording session dedicated to playing standards" - the rich body of American popular songs from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. At the time it was considered pass for top players to concentrate on playing standards, instead of original material, but Keith Jarrett thought it was important to show that music wasn't about material, but what the player brings to the material."
In the past 25 years, the trio has been nominated for many international awards, including five American Grammy nominations, plus dozens of Record of the Year and Critics' awards from the U.S., European and Japanese music press, including the Gold Disc Award in 2000 and 2003 from Japan's Swing Journal and the Choc des Chocs Award in 2000, 2001 and 2003 from France's Jazzman Magazine for Best Jazz Album of the Year." In 1991, their Tribute recording was awarded the Prix du President de la Republique" from the Charles Cros Academy, France's award for the Best Recording of The Year." In 1998 and 1999 the trio was voted Best Acoustic Jazz Group" in the Downbeat Reader's Polls, and again this year, in the Downbeat Critic's Poll.