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Friday, March 16, 2012

CD Review: Brad Mehldau Trio - Ode.

Brad Mehldau (pno), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard (dms)

Contemporary jazz encompassing the nostalgic sounds of the past which are gracefully spoken at the present day by the body, mind and soul of Brad Mehldau and his trio. This project is all about Mehldau's original compositions, with a focus on tributes to other people: including "MB" (Michael Brecker), "Kurt Vibe" (Kurt Rosenwinkel) and "Stan The Man" (Stan Getz). Mehldau wrote these tunes with ode in mind; a lyrical poem on a particular subject that could also be sung. Swing, waltz, bop and rock-fused ballad grooves are present and embellished by Grenadier and Ballard. Mehldau's call and response between the right and left hand is uplifting and inspirational. His seductive melodies entice the listener to follow the song like a story. Moreover, Grenadier tells some great stories too. I think the trio have done a great job reflecting the emotions and feelings they get from the people who they are paying tribute too; a melancholy reminder of those who are not with us any more and a powerful expression from the music of how they came to inspire Mehldau.

Ode.

Harley J.

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