what's your critique of the kenny barron and brad mehldau jazz duo? compare and contrast the two pianists:

billie's bounce:


black orpheus:
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1. one is god, the other is the devil.  

2. they are both great.  

3. neither will ever be as good as art tatum or (fill in your favorite player here).

that about covers it, doesn't it?
kenny barron is god, brad meldau is very very good but not really my thing (this is a slight variation on number 1 above)
i second what superjames said.
they are both good, but i like brad mehldau much more than kenny barron. barron is extremely tasteful and his language shows that he is and a master of the melodic idioms he tends to play in, but brad mehldau invented a whole new way of playing the piano, a unique harmonic conception, and a whole new rhythmic and melodic vocabulary. brad mehldau has a much more original voice, whereas to me barron just sounds like an amalgam of the 60s pianists. these clips really doesn't show off either of these player's most interesting playing, but from these clips it is evident that mehldau "plays the tune" when he solos deriving melodic and rhythmic motives from the melodies, whereas barron more "plays the changes."
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