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Mehldau Brad Trio

Such is the esteem in which Mehldau is currently held, he and his trio are the subject of a rare double-page spread live review in the latest (March) issue of Mojo. In that review, writer David Fricke says : “Mehldau is a modern jazz star often characterised as a cerebral explorer, a dynamic, incisive improviser who applies himself with monkish intensity to Nick Drake and Radiohead. In fact, the guy is a lot of fun too…”“The pianist Brad Mehldau has led this iteration of his pace-setting trio-with the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Jeff Ballard-since 2005, and it has evolved into a graceful powerhouse, equally savvy about groove and harmony.”-New York Times

  1. M.B.
  2. Ode
  3. 26
  4. Dream Sketch
  5. Bee Blues
  6. Twiggy
  7. Kurt Vibe
  8. Stan the Man
  9. Wyatts Eulogy for George Hanson
  10. Aquaman
  11. Days of Deilbert Delaney

Review

Mehldau has so many projects on the go that it came as something of a shock to note that this is his famous trio’s first visit to the studio in seven years. It’s also noteworthy that it’s the first all-originals trio album. There are some great, faster than usual pieces here that give Mehldau, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard plenty of room to show they can do more than deconstruct the classics in a languorous and hypnotic manner.

They do, however, give us come classic transcendent slow Brad jams: ‘Dream Sketch’ in particular is unforgettable: a cascading, irresistibly shuffling monster of a tune. The recording is also worthy of comment – Larry Grenadier’s thunderous bass sound must be the envy of his peers.

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