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All brains and no heart?,
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Once again I find myself writing a not-so favourable review for an artiste I have a tremendous amount of respect for. It's incontrovertible that Mr Mehldau knows his way round a piano and is an excellent songwriter. It's just that his recordings always tend to leave me feeling rather cold. It's like they're all brains and no heart, or all technique and no soul. They never really move me. In fact the only time I've really enjoyed his playing was when he collaborated with Pat Metheny a few years back, especially on Quartet. Then there have also been moments of sheer brilliance when he's performed on other people's albums: Charlie Haden's American Dreams springs to mind, as does Kurt Rosenwinkel's Deep Song and John Scofield's Works for Me.
Maybe I'm just not musically intellectual enough to 'get' him. I've had a similar issue with Keith Jarrett so he's in good company. All I know for sure is that unless he does something radically different like his recent amazing project with Kevin Hays, Modern Music, this is the last Brad Mehldau CD I will be buying. I'm not a rich man and I don't have money to throw away on CDs I'll rarely if ever play.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2012 12:05:45 GMT
J. D. Naylor says:
Agree wholeheartedly with your review. the only Mehldau album that really grabbed was "When the day is done",the rest have left me a bit cold too. Check out his sideman appearance on the Joe Martin album from two or three years ago - you'll hear a swinging and highly pleasing performance.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 12:34:04 GMT
Olukayode Balogun says:
Thank you for your comments, J. D. Naylor and thank you especially, for your recommendation. I will definitely check the Joe Martin CD out.
Posted on 17 Jan 2013 12:23:20 GMT
David Royston says:
I agree with your review, sadly I find this to be the case with so many new cd's, it seems to be all technique, but the love for the music is missing, could be why I'm still listening to Blue note music from the late fifties and sixties. Although I do enjoy Hironi.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 14:44:18 GMT
Olukayode Balogun says:
Thank you for your comments, David. You make a very good point re. music of nowadays, vis-à-vis music from earlier decades. One would think such trends wouldn't infect jazz but they do.
This particular album has grown on me, slightly, since I posted this review but I still don't necessarily feel anything when I play it. Bill Evans, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Eliane Elias, Joe Sample... these are just a handful of keyboardists who have touched me over the years. Even Lyle Mays! I've never heard of Hironi but after your mention here, I'll definitely be checking him (or her) out. Thanks again!
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