Blues and Ballads

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Blues and Ballads
Blues and Ballads - album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 3, 2016
RecordedDecember 10, 2012; May 12, 2014
GenreJazz
Length55:24
LabelNonesuch
ProducerBrad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau chronology
10 Years Solo Live
(2004–14)
Blues and Ballads
(2012–14)
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
(2015–16)

Blues and Ballads is a studio album by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. It is a piano trio recording, with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. Mehldau received a Grammy nomination at the end of 2016 for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the album's "I Concentrate on You".[1][2]

Background[edit]

The previous release by the trio of Brad Mehldau (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Jeff Ballard (drums) was Where Do You Start, in 2012.[3]

Music and recording[edit]

All seven of the tracks are covers.[3] The album was recorded at Avatar Studios, New York City, on December 10, 2012, and May 12, 2014.[4]

Reception[edit]

The Financial Times reviewer commented that "Each track is a beautifully crafted, richly detailed miniature with its own tale to tell."[5] Peter Hum of Ottawa Citizen wrote: "for those who think Mehldau’s music can be too formidable for their tastes, Blues and Ballads should be a more straightforward but still deeply satisfying delight, as it will be for his legions of devotees".[6]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
The Australian4/5 stars[9]
The Buffalo News2/4 stars[10]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[11]
Financial Times5/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[12]
PopMatters8/10[13]
The Times5/5 stars[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Since I Fell for You" (Buddy Johnson)
  2. "I Concentrate on You" (Cole Porter)
  3. "Little Person" (Jon Brion)
  4. "Cheryl" (Charlie Parker)
  5. "These Foolish Things" (Jack Strachey)
  6. "And I Love Her" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  7. "My Valentine" (McCartney)

Source:[3]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 58
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 78
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 64
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[19] 26
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20] 68
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 88
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[22] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "59th Annual Grammy Awards – Winners & Nominees". grammy.com. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Nonesuch Artists Earn Six Grammy Award Nominations". (December 6, 2016) Nonesuch Records.
  3. ^ a b c JazzTimes (March 22, 2016) "Brad Mehldau Trio to Release 'Blues and Ballads' June 3" Archived 2016-06-02 at the Wayback Machine. JazzTimes.
  4. ^ "Blues and Ballads". bradmehldau.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Hobart, Mike (June 3, 2016) "Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads – Review". Financial Times.
  6. ^ Peter, Hum (3 June 2016). "Brad Mehldau Trio CD reviewed". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Blues and Ballads by Brad Mehldau Trio". Metacritic. metacritic.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. ^ Collar, Matt. "Brad Mehldau Trio / Brad Mehldau Blues and Ballads". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  9. ^ McBeath, John (October 1, 2016). "Reviews: Bon Iver; Billy Bragg; Nicolas Jaar; Brad Mehldau; Melbourne Ska Orchestra". The Australian. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  10. ^ Simon, Jeff (June 1, 2016) "Listening Post: New Piano Trio Music by Brad Mehldau and a Disc of Marian McPartland, the Composer". The Buffalo News.
  11. ^ de Barros, Paul (July 2016) "Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Down Beat. p. 43.
  12. ^ Gelly, Dave (June 5, 2016) "Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads Review – Extraordinarily Inventive". The Guardian.
  13. ^ LAYMAN, WILL (12 July 2016). "Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  14. ^ Pearson, Chris (May 27, 2016) "Jazz: The Brad Mehldau Trio: Blues and Ballads". The Times.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  19. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  22. ^ "Brad Mehldau Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.