Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette came together as a permanent trio in 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 1930's, '40s and '50s. At the time it was considered passe 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 Prize awards from the US, European and Japanese music press, including the Gold Disc Award (2000, 2003) from Swing Journal (Japan) and the Choc des Chocs Award (2000/2001/2003) from Jazzman Magazine (France) 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. 2008 was capped by Jarrett’s induction into Down Beat’s Hall of Fame in December.
The work with the trio goes on, of course. As Keith Jarrett says: "If you meet the perfect other two players for your needs in a musical jazz situation, why would you force yourself to go around the corner and find other people to play with?"