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The Trio—"a graceful powerhouse, equally savvy about groove and harmony" (New York Times)—performs 11 previously unreleased songs composed by Mehldau. Many were written as tributes, or “odes,” to real and fictional people, like the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, a character from the film Easy Rider, and the guitarist Kurt Ronsenwinkel. "Ode is an often scintillating and always joyful listen from beginning to end," says MusicOMH. TheChicago Tribune finds Mehldau "in prime form as composer, improviser and bandleader." The Montreal Gazettesays: "This may well be his most interesting, absorbing album to date." The Financial Times calls it "benchmark piano-trio jazz."