Brad Mehldau: Exit Music (For a Film)


Exit Music (For a Film)


Brad Mehldau (piano)


Songs: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 3 (Warner Bros. 9 47051-2)

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Brad Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums).

Recorded: New York, May 27-28, 1998


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Itís become as common these days for jazz musicians to play Radiohead as Rodgers & Hart. The whole thing started with this little gem smack dab in the middle of Brad Mehldauís fourth major-label album. Mehldau himself has made a cottage industry out of covering Radiohead, but he has yet to outdo his first effort, on which he makes the minor-key ballad seem more at home in his hands than in Thom Yorkeís. Itís something between a dirge and a sonata, and Mehldau treats it with reverence, stating its theme fully before veering off into his own excursions. Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy provide the barest of accoutrements, which are all it needs.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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  • 1 Big Bomb // May 25, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    Yeah, it has touches of "You know something Schroeder? The way you play the piano is nice." (the Beethoven sonata from "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown") ...