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Brad Mehldau Trio: Live

Brad Mehldau’s first trio with Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy was together 10 years and made some of the most important piano trio recordings of the turn-of-the-century era, like the five-volume series The Art of the Trio, on Warner Bros. Two of these volumes (#2 and #4) were recorded live at the Village Vanguard.

In late 2004 Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy on drums. The double-CD, Live, Mehldau’s third recording from the Village Vanguard, demonstrates that the new trio has found itself and surpassed its predecessor. It has achieved a level of three-way interactive creativity reached only by very special piano trios, like those of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett.

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