Brad Mehldau: Monk's Dream


Monk's Dream


Brad Mehldau (piano)


Art of the Trio, Volume 2: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Brad Mehldau (piano).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, July 29 - August 3, 1997


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Brad Mehldau’s virtuosic version of Thelonious’s “Monk’s Dream” provides the listener with a prime example of a jazz musician improvising based on the melody of a tune until he/she finds an idea that they wish to instantly develop. Throughout this solo, Mehldau time and again dips into the “Monk’s Dream” melody and then embellishes it with improvised statements. The melodic improvisation intensifies for well over four minutes until Mehldau begins an amazing rhythmic/harmonic variation (beginning at approxi- mately 5:20 and lasting until 6:45) that still references the melody as the solo reaches its climax. It is a remarkable improvised statement that Mehldau’s Vanguard audiences have been absorbing for many years now. Also note the rare Rossy solo (in the form of trading fours with Mehldau) at the conclusion of Mehldau’s improvisation.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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