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the beautiful sound he coaxes out of the piano
November 17, 2015
This album is astonishing, just astonishing. I could go on and on about Mehldau's technique, his extraordinary ability to improvise, the beautiful sound he coaxes out of the piano, and the pristine sound of the CDs. All of which would be true. But what makes this collection so breathtaking is the sheer profundity of Mehldau's playing. It's like one is experiencing a poem.
Several years ago, I had the privilege of attending a solo Mehldau concert at what was then called the Neurosciences Institute concert hall (a hall with sound so wonderful Mehldau once said it was one of only three places he would play without amplification). He played without intermission, and when he was done, many stayed to process the concert. We all understood that we had witnessed an extraordinary musical event. These CDs remind me of the music I heard that night.