Brad Mehldau Trio - Introducing Brad Mehldau (1995)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Brad Mehldau Trio
Title Introducing Brad Mehldau
Length 65:03 Discs: 1 Tracks: 9
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Warner Bros. Cat. Number 45997
Style Post-Bop Rating
Recorded 1995  at  Power Station, NYC
Musicians Credits
Brad Mehldau piano
Larry Grenadier bass
Jorge Rossy drums
Christian McBride bass
Brian Blade drums
Producer Matt Pierson
Engineer James Farber
Track list
It Might As Well Be Spring (Hammerstein/Rodgers) 07:48
Countdown (Coltrane) 04:14
My Romance (Hart/Rodgers) 06:27
Angst (Mehldau) 06:13
Young Werther (Mehldau) 07:15
Prelude To A Kiss (Ellington) 10:02
London Blues (Mehldau) 07:04
From This Moment On (Porter) 06:36
Say Goodbye (Mehldau) 09:24
AMG Review by Scott Yanow (4):
Pianist Brad Mehldau's debut as a leader features his straight-ahead style in trios with either Larry Grenadier or Christian McBride on bass and Jorge Rossy or Brian Blade on drums. The well-rounded set is highlighted by tasteful and swinging versions of five standards (including John Coltrane's "Countdown," "It Might As Well Be Spring," and "From This Moment On") and four of the pianist's originals. This CD (which is sometimes available at a budget price) serves as a fine start to what should be a productive career.
His best album, April 16, 2003
Reviewer: "oohbopshebam" (Kew Gardens, NY)
I think this is his best album. It Might As Well Be Spring, My Romance, Prelude to a Kiss are all gems. And the 7/4 interpretation of It might has well..was highly original for its time and has influenced many guys in the last 8 years. Well worth it through repeated listens. He has run amock since in my view. He has fallen prey to pretension and complete musical density since.

A fantastic debut for the newest big name in jazz piano, January 5, 2003
Reviewer: "musicman61" (Evanston, IL)
Brad Mehldau's "Introducing Brad Mehldau" sounds like it should be "Brad Mehldau's Greatest Hits." From listening to this CD, you would have no idea that this is a debut. Along with his trio, he has created a remarkable and stunning album.
The 7/4 "It Might as Well Be Spring" is a marvelous opener, and sets the mood for the whole CD. I am also partial to "Countdown," a ridiculously fast John Coltrane standard that Mehldau simply knocks off with ease. The Rodgers-Hart standard "My Romance" is played unbelievably slow, and when listened to correctly, could bring a tear to a listener's eye.
However, my favorite song on the album is without a doubt the 10-minute rendition of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss," which stays mellow and melancholy throughout the whole song. I adore it, and it is a marvelous work by Mehldau and his group.
As if Mehldau had been playing for millions of years, this album is a classic. Pick it up--it is a must for the true jazz fan.