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The Art Of The Trio, Volume One by Brad Mehldau

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Prodigious technique, an emphasis on harmonic impressionism and delicately strung arpeggios, a preference for the high-wire austerity of piano, bass, and drums: if jazz pianist Brad Mehldau sounds like he's grooming himself as the next Bill Evans, his second album only heightens the comparisons, right down to its deadly serious title. Happily, Mehldau pulls it off on this critically-acclaimed 1997 release, which finds his luminous touch bringing fresh power to standards (including the opening "Blame It on My Youth," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and a lovely reading of the Beatles' "Blackbird") and some equally strong originals. Drummer Jorge Rossy and bassist Larry Grenadier prove sympathetic partners, but it's Mehldau who transcends mere technical cuff-flashes to let the underlying lyricism carry the day. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002N82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Micah Newman on March 14, 2003
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Being an aficionado of the jazz piano trio, I knew I had to try out some Brad Mehldau sooner or later, and decided to start with this one, Art of the Trio vol. 1. And I am really impressed with the balance, sensitivity, and flexibility of Mehldau as well as his cohorts, Larry Grenadier on bass (who also provided very admirable support with Pat Metheny's '99-'00 trio) and Jorge Rossy on drums. Rossy's playing is perfect for this setting--sensitive, and unfailingly imaginative. I really enjoy listening to Larry Grenadier: lovely tone, great support. And Mehldau -- he coaxes colors and shapes from the keyboard; painting, and weaving, and singing too.
There's a good mix of songs here, between standards, Mehldau's own sober, intelligent originals, and a commercially-appealing read on a "modern" pop tune, the Beatles' "Blackbird."
A defining moment happened when I first played this CD--the sensitivity and skill of this trio lulled me almost into a hypnagogic state, and in "Mignon's Song," I heard so many ideas going on that by the time it was the next song, I looked at the track reference and was almost shocked that only one song had gone by. That, to me, says something. Yup--I'll definitely be scooping up the rest of the Art of the Trio albums.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn VINE VOICE on March 27, 2004
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Beyer on April 9, 2002
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You've got to be awfully confident in your musical abilities to name your album "The Art Of The Trio". You ARE following in some rather enormous footsteps (a gentleman named Oscar Peterson and his trio come immediately to mind).
However, if your name is Brad Mehldau, such confidence is indeed well-founded. The man can clearly tickle the ivories, and this album is worth the investment. As with the best jazz albums, it gets better with each listening.
Mehldau, drummer Jorge Rossy and bassist Larry Grenadier definitely latched onto the mood of the times when they recorded "The Art Of The Trio" in 1997. At the time, albums like the "Swingers" soundtrack were sweeping the country, and many Americans were rediscovering "civilized" jazz music that you could sip a cocktail to. While many degraded this music into wide collars, martinis and drunken Sinatra sing-alongs, Mehldau and his band recognized the finesse and refinement in this kind of music and applied it to their work. The wonderful result is this CD.
Mehldau's readings of standards and his original compositions are for the most part adventurous. The three musicians feed off each other with wonderfully precise movements and elegant flourishes. Although Mehldau and company occasionally succumb to sterile pop-oriented production touches, thankfully they are few and far in between.
Mehldau is particularly impressive live. He's not afraid to challenge his audience, and he's able to create a mood that suggests a real sophistication. Yes, "The Art Of The Trio" is background cocktail music, but it's good background cocktail music. I'm eager to explore the rest of his work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By brianpearl@aol.com on June 7, 1998
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Brad Mehldau has achieved a feat in his mid 20's that most jazz musicians never accomplish: he has his own voice, as a pianist, and as a group conceptualist. On this album Mehldau and co. (Larry Grenadier and Jorge Roissy are equally amazing) demonstrate all of the things that their chronological contemporaries miss. Far more important than technique (which Mehldau humbly displays) is lyricism, group communication, and a harmonic concept unparalleled in the jazz world of today. Mehldau draws as much from Bach and Brahms as he does from McCoy or Wynton Kelly (his self-proclaimed jazz influences), and his original compositions showcase his effort to fuse his jazz and classical roots. This is an incredible album regardless of the young age of its makers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nowhereman on June 5, 2002
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I saw Brad Mehldau perform at the Nice Jazz Festival, and I can therefore attest to the power this trio wields when they perform.
That being said, this is one of the more interesting albums in his catalogue. The reason for this is that this album, the first installment in his "Art of the Trio" recordings, perfectly manifests both Mehldau's gift for interpreting jazz standards as well as writing interesting, original compositions. In concert, the trio will blend songs from both categories into fascinating medleys. Here the songs are sequenced well, and you begin to grasp the depth of Mehldau's influences.
I would recommend this recording as an ideal introduction to one of the most genuine and interesting artists in jazz today.
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