Brad Mehldau: When It Rains

Track

When It Rains

Artist

Brad Mehldau (piano)

CD

Largo (Warner Bros 48114)

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Musicians:

Brad Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Matt Chamberlain (drums),

Steve Kujala, David Shostac (flutes), Jon Clark, Earle Dumler (oboes), Gary Gray, Emile Bernstein (clarinets), Peter Mandell, Rose Corrigan (bassoons)

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Composed by Brad Mehldau

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Recorded: Hollywood, CA, April 2-8, 2001

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

On Largo, Brad Mehldau moves away from his preferred piano trio format. The aptly titled “When It Rains” begins with a pensive piano introduction, quietly augmented by an octet of woodwinds. Mehldau’s droning left-hand triplets behind the melody recall those days where the incessant patter of gentle rain becomes a sobering rhythmic accompaniment to the day’s activities. Mehldau’s playing is bittersweet—his mood is lonesome and melancholic, but his phrases end with a sense of optimism, leaving listeners touched and surprisingly uplifted. Mehldau’s solo reprise of the introduction is a fitting conclusion to a convincing piece of stark emotion.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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