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Songs: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 3

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Songs: The Art Of The Trio, Volume Three by Brad Mehldau

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Pianist Brad Mehldau is best known for the moody storms that blow quiet and dark over his work. He's also no slouch when it comes to interpreting standards and penning originals marked by an eloquent, whisper-fine touch and an extra helping of emotion. On his fourth LP, Mehldau is again aided by his sympathetic and strong trio (drummer Jorge Rossy and bassist Larry Grenadier) for an outing that is delicate in its approach yet powerful in its result. Mehldau sometimes sounds like a classical musician out for a spot of jazz and to its credit, his rhythm section allows him to mine these rich, thoroughly pleasing veins. Art of the Trio, Vol. 3 will certainly evoke thoughts of Bill Evans, but covers of songs by Radiohead, Nick Drake, Rodgers, and Hart alongside five strong originals stamp this as a strong album by one of our finest pianists. --S. Duda
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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000AG8T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you haven't heard of Brad Mehldau yet, this recording will certainly convince you that he is far more then a passing fancy. This pianist posseses incredible technical skills, but he manages to always let feeling prevail. This is not your average jazz trio either, bassist Larry Genadier and drummer Jorge Rossy supply him with different textures,and rhythms that are swinging and intellectual all at once. This trio is groundbreaking and I am sure will be looked back upon as trendsetters years from now.My favorite track on this Album is Mehldau's original "Unrequited", (of which he recently recorded another breathtaking version with Portuguese lyrics on his -Art of the duo- recording "Close Enough for Love" with vocalist Fleurine on Verve) which clearly demonstrates this approach. But there are some great treatments of standards on this one aswell.If you are getting your first Mehldau album this is a great way to start, it is more laid back then his two (fantastic!)'Live at the Vanguard' recordings. One of the most exciting jazzalbums I've heard in a long time.
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By A Customer on September 29, 2002
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I am a classically trained musician. I went to an excellent music school that also had one of the best jazz programs in the nation, run by Jackie McLean. I heard some good jazz while I was there. But frankly the old classical musician's put-down, saying that something was "good enough for jazz," more often than not rang true for me. There didn't seem to be a truly sophisticated and solid grounding in structure and harmony in most jazz that I heard. The premium was on improvisation, to the seeming detriment of coherence. Jazz seemed more amorphous and haphazard than not.
But Brad Mehldau was a complete revelation for me. Structure and improvisation, freedom and discipline all coexisting together, all combining into an unbelievable organic whole that simply must be experienced to be fully appreciated. This is music making at its highest. Listening to Brad Mehldau for me is like listening to what Bach might have done if he had been a jazz musician. Brad plays from his heart and his soul, and yet his playing always has an overarching structure that is so subtly rendered that it simply blends into the whole, with seemingly no effort.
And don't buy any of that B.S from other reviewers about him being a prima donna. I just met the man in person last night in San Francisco and I can tell you for a fact that he is about as decent, humble, and nice a person as you could ever want in a good friend, let alone one of the greatest musicians on the planet.
Get this CD, listen to it, and let it fill you heart and soul with truth, love, and possibility.
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Woe unto Perth for single-handedly lowering this magnificent album's rating to four measley stars. It is doubly unfortunate because the first purchase of an artist for most people tends not to be something entitled "Volume 3." So here you have a tremendously lyrical, imaginative, melodic album with covers of everyone from Hart to Radiohead, and some people are not going to buy it because it "only" has 4 stars and because it's not Volume 1. Instead, they will opt for something like Elegiac Cycles which, while great, leaves one thinking that Brad is in dire need of Prozac. Fully spent from listening to it, they may not want to buy another Mehldau album for some time. What a shame, because there can be no better introduction to this incredibly gifted artist than Art of the Song.
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As a serious fan of Bill Evans, but with little knowledge of the jazz world, I picked up the first four volumes of Mehldau's Art of the Trio recordings following a recommendation from a friend.
Volumes 1 and 3 are studio recordings; volumes 2 and 4 are live (I don't have volume 5, yet, another live volume, this one on 2 CDs). I think Mehldau is great, and I especially like the studio recordings. They are lyrical and melodic, whereas the live recordings tend more toward pyrotechnics and displays of virtuosity.
If you like the kind of music Bill Evans played, you'll certainly like volumes 1 and 3. You may prefer the live ones, especially if you're into Keith Jarrett (at least Mehldau doesn't grunt and squeal all the time). In any case, this is great music, well played and the trio has a great rapport.
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This is Mehldau like you can only hear in your dreams. Subtle yet powerful, melodic yet inspiring... These performances made him one of the greatest pianists of our time. If you are new to Mehldau and want to buy one album, this is it.
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By Ozzie on September 19, 2000
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A lot has been said about the emergence of Brad Mehldau onto the jazz scene. Here came a fresh face with a beautiful sound, evil rumours of drug-addiction, and, apparently, a message, if his liner-notes are anything to go by. (Ever since that horrible dribble by Stanley Crouch on Wynton Marsalis' albums, slightly over-ambitious liner-notes are a danger area, Brad ! Perhaps it's just as good that there are no liner-notes on this album.) Well, how about what really matters : the music ? The opening-track "Song-song" starts like something Satie or Debussy could have written, but then opens up to become lofty yet lyrical piano jazz. It's a great track, which sets the standard for this album. There's a couple more originals and a couple of standards, all given the Mehldau touch. Surprise track here is the inclusion of "Exit music (for a film)", a tune by rockband Radiohead. Here Mehldau proves that he can draw the essence from a composition and turn it into great jazz, no matter what its origins are. It all comes down to yet another great album by a great piano trio (Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jorge Rossy on drums). Forget the hype, listen to the music !
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