Steve Futterman
February 07, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Three of today’s most adept pianists — Stephen Scott, Benny Green, and Brad Mehldau — continue to fulfill expectations through steady evolution. Green has ditched the faux funkiness that marred his recordings and has become a mainstream modernist. Mehldau, an alumnus of Joshua Redman’s group, deftly balances considered lyricism with youthful vigor. ”Beautiful” displays Scott’s growing assuredness as a soloist but unfortunately suffers from cloying slickness.
”Kaleidoscope”: A-
”Beautiful”: B
”Art of the Trio”: B+

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