Entertainment Weekly (8/6/93, p.59) - "...dishes up a mostly musky rather than mournful late-night reverie for a departed master..." Rating: B+
Musician (8/93, p.93) - "...blends suspense with sentimentality. You expect a Jarrett record to be gorgeous. This one's robust as well..."
Keith Jarrett Trio: Keith Jarrett (piano); Gary Peacock (bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums).
Recorded at the Power Station, New York, New York on October 12, 1991.
This 1991 recording by Keith Jarrett's so-called Standards Trio was recorded less than two weeks after the death of Miles Davis, who's pictured in silhouette on the cover photograph. The choice of material reflects that of Davis, the man to whom this music was recorded in tribute.
There are standards (such as the title song), bracing numbers by Davis contemporaries (Thelonious Monk's "Straight No Chaser" and Oliver Nelson's "Butch And Butch"), and eloquently emotive originals. The centerpiece is the extended "For Miles," which, over the course of its 18 minutes, celebrates the darkness and light of Davis's life and death. The fact that Miles Davis could be celebrated on an album that features no trumpet speaks both to the breadth of Davis's musical reach, as well as the prodigious strengths of these three players.