The energy that Jarrett pours into two Bud Powell pieces, “Bouncin’ With Bud” and “Hallucinations,” indicates that he has won his long battle with an illness that left him chronically tired. From beginning to end of this two-hour concert in Paris by his Standards Trio, Jarrett sustains power and concentration. Energy does not mean density. His playing has an attractive new spareness of line and touch that elevates the trio to an even higher plane of their celebrated interaction. There is an intriguing example of empathy in their first encore, a “Poinciana” in which the pianist, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette evoke Ahmad Jamal’s treatment of the song before Peacock and Jarrett move into two choruses of intertwining improvisation.
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