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Saturday April 10, 2010

Brad Mehldau: Highway Rider

By Josef Woodard

For much of his adventure in music to date, the main thrust of Brad Mehldau’s work has been involved with fostering a bold new sound in the jazz piano-trio format. His new double-disc opus, Highway Rider, the most costly Mehldau production yet, heads in a different set of directions, but with the trio—including longtime allies Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—sometimes at the core. As in most of Mehldau’s work, which also includes solo piano and art-song projects with classical vocalists Anne Sofie von Otter and Renee Fleming, this latest effort finds Mehldau deftly mixing virtuosity, compositional fluidity and his trademark romanticism-with-an-edge.

Read the entire review at JazzTimes Online