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Customer Reviews

Terrific album

This is an outstanding album! A good and enjoyable listen. Please don’t listen to these jazz music snobs below. As they would prefer to hear clashing of keys, for the sake of pseudo innovativeness, and music-intellectual jargon. Music is not supposed to be academic. It’s made to make you feel.

Left Disapointed in Comparison with Mehldau's Earlier Efforts

The news of Brad Mehldau's new trio recording "Blues and Ballads" piqued my interest, as he is one of my favorite jazz pianists; however, after listening to the album, I was left disapointed. While the tune selection is excellent, the performances on this album didn't grab my attention in the same way as some of the trio's earlier recordings. I admit that it may not be completely fair to compare a solo recording, "Ten Years Solo Live", with a trio recording, "Blues and Ballads", but I still maintain that the latter lacks the sophistication, depth, and complexity that the former offers in abundance. It's undeniable that there are some nice moments on "Blues and Ballads", though, overall, it doesn't hold a place among my favorite Mehldau recordings.

Why does this need a title?

Nothing too crazy, but that's not the point - a really enjoyable listen.


Born: August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the '90s and into the 2000s, Brad Mehldau was one among a plethora of young jazz pianists who rose to prominence. He is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, and he is receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney's "Blackbird," for example). Though Mehldau's training is primarily classical, his interest in jazz began early. He played in the Hall High School jazz band in Hartford, Connecticut, winning the Berklee College of Music's...
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Blues and Ballads, Brad Mehldau Trio
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 03, 2016

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