Ode

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2012
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    While the title may reflect a a certain ponderousness, these 11 tunes are anything but.
  2. Apr 10, 2012
    80
    Ode is a more traditional jazz record than Day Is Done in that it features concise themes and long improvisations, with brilliant rhythmic play running throughout the trio's incredible dialogue... And it's fantastic.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 19, 2012
    80
    Full of understated elegance, Ode reminds us that Mehldau's is an increasingly significant body of work. [May 2012, p.82]
  4. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    It bears a lot of replaying.
  5. Mar 19, 2012
    90
    While the theme of the album may be dedications to others, what Mehldau has ultimately crafted is an ode to the confidence, style and precision of his own trio's playing, displaying all the panache and charm of old companions reuniting once more.
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    All three players are articulating a ceaseless stream of fresh ideas throughout this electrically energised session.
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    Most of the trio's hallmarks are here: resonant lyricism, floating locomotion, a harmonic approach that brings depth to simple structures and sleekness to the more complex ones.
  8. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    A most welcome return.
  9. The material is all Mehldau's and quality varies from the standing ovations of the opening and closing tunes to lesser tricked-up vamps, but bass and drums groove superbly throughout.

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  1. Mar 21, 2012
    7
    Maybe not the most ground-breaking album you'll ever hear, but a solid album that is well worth a listen, proving the adage that with jazz aMaybe not the most ground-breaking album you'll ever hear, but a solid album that is well worth a listen, proving the adage that with jazz a lot of times less is more. Full Review »