Review: New Jazz Recordings Showcase Talents of Brad Mehldau

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Thursday April 05, 2012


New jazz recordings showcase talents of Brad Mehldau, Kenny Garrett and more
Harmonica aces Toots Thielemans and Gregoire Maret shine on latest releases
By: Greg Thomas

As with the nucleus of a cell, virtuoso pianist Brad Mehldau is the control center of his trio. Yet that control is fluid and democratic, giving bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard their musical vote in the development of this set of 11 original compositions by Mehldau.

‘I will have ideas about these things ahead of time, but the choice is made collectively … The particular ‘way’ in which Larry and Jeff approach something, in praxis, is what will win all of us over,’ says Mehldau in the liner notes.

On ‘Ode,’ this process of musical enactment results in a collective exploration of feeling and freedom in form, and a poetic expression of thanks.

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