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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00GULA0TY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1

1. Taming the Dragon
2. Luxe
3. You Can't Go Back Now
4. The Dreamer
5. Elegy for Amelia E.
6. Sleeping Giant
7. Hungry Ghost
8. Gainsbourg
9. Just Call Me Nige
10. Sassyassed Sassafrass
11. Swimming
12. London Gloaming

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By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I’ve long been a fan of Brad Mehldau, and I have no problem with him branching off from the standard piano trio. While there are some good tracks on this album, there are as many throw-aways. The first track is very self-absorbed, with Brad reading a text about a dream he had; the same text that’s in the liner notes. Several tracks have voices speaking over them, which detract from the music. While there are some good sounds on this album, it really comes across as a hodgepodge of different types of music, with no firm direction.

I like Hungry Ghost, Swimming and a couple of others. But the title track is a waste, Gainsbourg is annoying, and some of the others are just mediocre. This isn't like Miles Davis discovering electricity; what Mehldau and Guiliana are doing is nothing groundbreaking. They have a lot of potential, and this album shows that they could go far, but they need to be more discerning with what they release.

Oh, and "Mehliana?" Couldn't they have come up with something better than that?
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I have collected this artist for a while, usually solo, his trio or with Pat Metheny. All are good in their own way. This collaboration I found a little lighter compared to earlier work but none the less enjoyable for it.
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Surely I cannot be the only one who really likes this album. Yes, it is a departure from his normal body of work and may not have hit it's targets every time but there is more imagination in any single one of these tracks than in the whole albums currently being released. Kudos to you Brad for having a go!
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There are some good tracks on this - the drumming is superlative as you would expect but the voice over on a couple of tracks is annoying and definitely not necessary - spoils an otherwise acceptable album
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Brad Mehldau goes Return to Forever or whatever??? Its potent powerplay all the way through and the spoken-word-opening – well – I liked it. A lot. I hear BM experimenting with new scales and new soundscapes and the drumwork is stunning.
Do not expect standard piano trio. It is like an abstract painting in playful, bright color. Its fresh, its new, and for some reason I had a flashback to Return to forever in some moments.
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Brad Mehldau is a genius however on CD this synthetic music is awful. The must is monotonous and the bad language is unacceptable when playing in the car with children. The album is quite boring and nothing compared to Mehldau's Village Vanguard albums, all stunning jazz exploratory works , this album is nothing like these
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Saw a review of Brad Mehldau and thought, sounds interesting - and wow, his collaboration with Mark Guiliana icertainly was.
Just loved listening to each track and still can't decide which is my favourite - so the title song Taming he Dragon & also You Can't Go Back Now are the ones that stand out. The use of electronic sound in music on the album is new to me and as I 'wow' - I would recommend the album to all old 'fogies' like myself, to ensure our minds stay open. Don't leave it on the shelf - get it and enjoy listening.
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