Brad Mehldau: It Might As Well Be Sprng
It Might As Well Be Spring
Brad Mehldau (piano)
Introducing Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros 45997)
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Recorded: New York, March 13 and April 3, 1995
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
In this debut trio recording, Mehldau stays in a straight-ahead groove. The later Art of the Trio recordings would take more chances, with their rhythmic pyrotechnics and the trademark left-versus-right-hand counterpoint that Mehldau does so well. But the trio swings with elegant drive on this Richard Rodgers' standard, and the pianist's improvised lines sparkle. Grenadier and Rossy support rather than challenge, and the whole performance stands out for its understated fluency. A promising debut with intimations of the riches to come.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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