CD Introducing Brad Mehldau (CD 619154),
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Introducing Brad Mehldau

  • 1. It Might as Well Be Spring
    2. Countdown
    3. My Romance
    4. Angst
    5. Young Werther
    6. Prelude to a Kiss
    7. London Blues
    8. From This Moment On
    9. Say Goodbye
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45997

  • Credits
    ProducerMatt Pierson
    EngineerJames Farber

    Personnel: Brad Mehldau (piano); Christian McBride, Larry Grenadier (bass); Brian Blade, Jorge Rossy (drums).
    Recorded at Power Station, New York, New York on March 12 & April 3, 1995.
    Personnel: Brad Mehldau (piano); Jorge Rossy, Brian Blade (drums).
    Recording information: Power Station (03/13/1995/04/03/1995).
    Photographer: Tom Tavee.
    When this young pianist burst onto the '90s jazz scene, he created quite a stir. Outside of free/avant-garde jazz, there hadn't been a piano player this strikingly distinctive for a long time. Mehldau's obvious forebears are people like Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. Like them, he edges closer to the style of French impressionists such as Debussy than to any blues-based tradition.
    On such standards as "My Romance and "It Might as Well be Spring," Mehldau spins out gauzy harmonies and elegant melodic lines that venture far from the musical language used to construct the tunes. Mehldau's interaction with his trio is an integral aspect of his work; drummer Jorge Rossy's endlessly percolating rhythms, based around intricate ride cymbal work, interlock seamlessly with Mehldau's panoramic playing and Larry Grenadier's knotty, forceful bass lines. INTRODUCING unleashed on the world the kind of artist that comes along only once per generation.

  • Critic Reviews
    Jazziz (12/95, p.40) - "...presents Mehldau's gifts via his own fully-formed voice....Mehldau's canvas is stretched broad. And with the aid of a fine supporting cast...Mehldau fills the space admirably with bold strokes as well as detailed filigree."
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