Brad Mehldau: O Que Será


O Que Será


Brad Mehldau (piano)


Brad Mehldau Trio Live (Nonesuch 376252)

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Brad Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums).

Composed by Chico Buarque


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York, October 11-15, 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

If you see the title "O Que Será," and you start thinking about Doris Day singing "Whatever will be, will be" . . . well, maybe you're on the wrong web site. Mehldau always has a knack for heralding songwriters that other jazz musicians don't cover, and here he highlights a song from the great Brazilian tunesmith Chico Buarque. (If you haven't heard Buarque's version, you should check it out on the stellar -- if little known in the US -- release Meus Caros Amigos.) Mehldau's trio resorts to none of the stale samba or bossa tricks, but craft a comfortable, loping rhythm which underscores a probing piano solo. A solid effort from a seminal band.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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