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Brad Mehldau at The National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Brad Mehldau National Concert Hall Dublin, Ireland December 1, 2013 The National Concert Hall of Dublin is a long way from the bars and clubs of Greenwich Village, New York, where pianist Brad Mehldau cut his teeth in the early 1990s. Originally built for the Dublin International Exhibition of 1865 this impressive edifice is the home of classical music in Ireland. The venue says much, not only about Mehldau's status, but about jazz's credentials as an art form--at the very top end of the scale at least. The concert had all the trappings ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio: Denver, CO, May 11, 2012

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Brad Mehldau TrioNewman CenterDenver, COMay 11, 2012Pianist Brad Mehldau takes jazz seriously. He named his second album as a leader The Art of the Trio (Warner Bros., 1997). But wait, he didn't use that name for just one album; he released five albums, as a series, under that name. Those albums came out from 1997 to 2001 and have recently been reissued in a box set, Art of the Trio Recordings: 1996-2001 (Nonesuch, 2011).Since that time, he's worked in a variety of other contexts and with other instrumentation including, notably, guitarist Pat Metheny ...

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Brad Mehldau Highway Rider Live at Carnegie Hall

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Brad Mehldau / The St. Paul Chamber OrchestraCarnegie HallNew York, New YorkNovember 9, 2010Zankel Hall was rife with anticipation before pianist Brad Mehldau took the stage, along with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, to debut his recently released Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010) live in New York, and rightly so. Highway Rider is Mehldau's first formal foray into the world of orchestral jazz, and to read the self-composed notes in the playbill, it seemed the pianist took this music as seriously as did the New York jazz cognoscenti in attendance. It was only after he playfully ...

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Brad Mehldau & Joshua Redman Live at The Flynn Center

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Brad Mehldau & Joshua Redman Flynn Center for The Performing Arts Burlington, VT April 28, 2010

Brad Mehldau is such a commanding presence as a musician, he overshadowed saxophonist Joshua Redman virtually throughout the duo's ninety-minute performance on Vermont's Flynn Performing Arts Center MainStage on April 28th. The most intense moment of the ninety-minute set arose directly from the depth of passion and detail in the pianist's playing and while his counterpart rose to the occasion as an improvisationalist, he could not match his one-time band mate.

The tone was set for the evening, ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio: Kingston, Canada April 11, 2010

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Brad Mehldau TrioGrand TheatreKingston, CanadaApril 11, 2010

When a trio has been together as long as pianist Brad Mehldau's--the current incarnation, with original bassist Larry Grenadier and relative newcomer (but no stranger to either of his band mates), drummer Jeff Ballard, has been together for over five years, first heard on Day is Done (Nonesuch, 2005)--it's hard to imagine any gig being a bad gig. But time and place can still sometimes coalesce to create a context where a group can transcend even its greatest creative consistencies, and Mehldau's performance at the Grand Theatre in ...

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Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau Stunning Duet Session in Saratoga Springs, NY

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Joshua Redman and Brad MehldauZankel Hall at Skidmore CollegeSaratoga Springs, NYApril 16, 2010Duets are not an uncommon format in jazz, but what might be less common is the supreme level of synergy and empathy that saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau have for one another on their current mini-tour that made a stop in Saratoga Springs, NY, on April 16.

The tour runs to about the middle of May before the long-time friends part for other projects. (In fact, Redman starts performing in a new collaborative band, James Farm, before the duet ...

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Brad Mehldau and Marcus Miller at the Barcelona Jazz Festival (IV)

Brad Mehldau Trio 41st Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival Palau de la Música November 10, 2009

There is great debate among jazz fans these days, particularly among those who favor jazz trios, whether Brad Mehldau and his trio of Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, have fallen into a rut and are happy to stay there or whether they have simply found their groove and are deepening and enriching a narrow niche. Mehldau is a prodigiously talented pianist, his fluid technique and fertile embroidering on display at the trio's performance at the Palau de ...



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