Brad Mehldau: It Might As Well Be Sprng


It Might As Well Be Spring


Brad Mehldau (piano)


Introducing Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros 45997)

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

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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