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  • Summary: The two-CD and DVD set features the recording of Brad Mehldau at the 2006 Marciac Jazz Festival.
  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Pop/Rock, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop, Progressive Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Third Stream
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Mar 11, 2011
    This is one of those albums where, prior to hearing it, you may not have been aware of how much control Mehldau has over his instrument. He can make it sing, yawn one moment and totally chop it into pieces the next.
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    As always, his technical control is astounding.
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    It's far from a one-dimensional experience though, thanks to Mehldau's jaw-dropping virtuosity. [Feb 2011, p.107]
  4. Mar 11, 2011
    Brad Mehldau is back in his comfort zone with Live in Marciac, a solo set of two CDs and one DVD recorded at the jazz festival in France.
  5. Mar 11, 2011
    For Mehldau's fans, this is another opportunity to hear just how creative and versatile he is, even with familiar material. For the uninitiated, this is a grand opportunity to acquaint yourself with one of the most gifted jazz pianists on the scene.
  6. There are times in this 100-plus minutes of a concert recording duplicated over two CDs and one DVD where you want to jog Mehldau's elbow, but overall it's a triumph of imagination and structure.
  7. Mar 11, 2011
    The American star charges through this 100-minutes-plus gig with such an emphasis on repeat notes, brusque segues and thundering counterpoint that its feverish density gets close to overpowering at times. But Mehldau's quirky covers are as compelling as ever.

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