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Tuesday December 06, 2011

Today marks the release of Brad Mehldau’s seven-disc box set The Art of the Trio Recordings: 1996–2001. The set includes the five original Art of the Trio albums (the fifth volume includes two CDs), released on Warner Bros. over a prolific four year period from 1997 to 2001; a seventh disc of previously unreleased material from shows at the Village Vanguard in 1997, 1999, and 2001 completes the box. These recordings feature Mehldau’s longtime trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy. Repertoire includes interpretations of standard tunes and modern classics as well as many original compositions. New liner notes by Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson include interviews with all three trio members.

You can pick up a copy of the Art of the Trio Recordings box set in the Nonesuch Store, where all CDs are now 34% off standard retail price—bringing the seven-CD box set to just $29.69 for the holidays—as part of the Nonesuch Store’s fourth anniversary sale.

All About Jazz recently gave an extensive analysis of the new box set. “As an essential document of jazz in the late 1990s,” writes All About Jazz’s John Kelman, it explains “how Mehldau so quickly became one of his generation’s most influential pianists … ®eissues like The Art of the Trio: Recordings 1996–2001 make abundantly clear that, when the history book of the latter part of the 20th century/early part of the new millennium is written, Mehldau will, no doubt, take a well-deserved place alongside predecessors such as Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett as one of the most important pianists of any generation.”

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