don't know if anybody here was at the trio concert in LA last night, but it was awesome. my one (typically audiophool) complaint was the amplification. the hall wasn't that big - no need in my mind to heavily mic and amp those three - well maybe the bass always has a pickup, but drums and grand piano can project all right. at any rate, we had very good seats and the weird effect of a stack of speakers was that the sound a) didn't come from the right spot and b) lagged a fraction behind what we were getting from the open piano, c) I think the speakers did not sound nearly as good as the instrument itself. hey, this is not about a series of notes, jazz is just as much about sound: and that aspect suffered dramatically last night.
despite ample warnings against cameras and phones, someone flashed twice towards the end. jarrett angrily pointed at the guy and walked out, came back, ranted a bit, sat down, got up again to rant some more, but we got three encores nonetheless. otherwise I fear the aging well-to-do concert audience could have turned into an angry mob chasing the paparazzi into the darkness of the night! ;-)