Brad Mehldau – It Might As Well Be Spring

One of my favourite Brad Mehldau albums is still his first Warner album ‘Introducing Brad Mehldau’. He was only 25 when he recorded it ¬†and it has a lovely fresh feel without the sometimes overly-cerebral tone of his later albums (brilliant though they are).

This is a transcription of his solo on the opening track and demonstrates the brilliant quick-silver imagination and rhythmic devices that he’d explore further down the line in his career. Enjoy!


  • Dan Latapy commented on April 14, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for putting this up – fascinating and well worth a detailed study.

    I’m more familiar with his later stuff but nice to see that a possible trend towards self-indulgence manifested itself in his first album too. Why play a standard in 4/4 when you can play it in 7/8?

  • admin commented on April 15, 2011 Reply

    Interesting point Dan – I guess jazz musicians always have a slight tendancy towards that I guess. That was always one of the reasons why I was never a massive fan of Dave Brubeck (as fine a musician as he is)

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