Brad Mehldau: All the Things You Are


All the Things You Are


Brad Mehldau (piano)


Art of the Trio 4: Back at the Vanguard (Warner Brothers 9 4763-2)

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

Composed by Jerome Kern


Recorded: Live at the Village Vanguard, New York, January 5-10, 1999


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

This is an impressive polyrhythmic exercise by a path-breaking jazz trio. I'm not sure non-musicians will savor all the twists and turns of the Mehldau trio in action. But anyone who has played in a rhythm section will be dazzled by this jumpy, jittery 13-minute performance. The trio's cohesiveness in navigating through a fast 7/4 reworking of this standard is especially impressive. In the liner notes, Mehldau complains about the "constant comparison of this trio with the Bill Evans trio." And he has a valid point. Mehldau's work here moves beyond the orbit of his influences—in particular, check out the dialogue between his left and right hands. Grenadier and Rossy also play at top form.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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