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Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

Read "Happy Birthday, Cole Porter" reviewed by Russell Perry


We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz before Artie Shaw's landmark recording of “Begin the Beguine" in 1938. Today his beautiful melodies, compelling harmonies and clever lyrics explain his enduring appeal. ...

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Live Review

Brad Mehldau Trio Live At The Konzerthaus

Read "Brad Mehldau Trio Live At The Konzerthaus" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Brad Mehldau Trio Konzerthaus Vienna May 26, 2021 After the prolonged dry spell of concert-less months owing to the Covid Pandemic, pretty much any live music was likely to attract an audience to the Konzerthaus in Vienna to experience the magic of space and sound in person, and in real-time once again. The fact that Brad Mehldau's trio would be one of the first acts re-opening the long-awaited Austrian live season only made that ...

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Profile

Moers Provides a Festival Blueprint for the Future

Read "Moers Provides a Festival Blueprint for the Future" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Germany's Moers Festival has a long-standing reputation for expanding the boundaries of top-quality musical formats. Performance scope and content is always unique, but last year's 2020 edition provided even more noteworthy distinction than usual. That truly exceptional pandemic production featured typically abundant instrumental, vocal and electronics highlights but more important, even at a greatly reduced scale, the live scene at Moers offered a bright ray of hope at a time Covid-19 was upending life as we knew it.

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Album Review

Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020

Read "Suite: April 2020" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


All great artists rise to the need of the current moment and pianist Brad Mehldau, fully aware of our dire need for some sense of order amid a daily barrage of chaos on all possible fronts, rises with Suite: April 2020 a serene, solo recital recorded while sheltering with his family in their home in Amsterdam. Poignantly (but never to the point of cloying intruder or claustrophobic roommate) Mehldau begins his twelve part suite of sobering, lyrical observations, ...

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Album Review

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist Brad Mehldau has an adventurous and innovative side, one that he displays on Largo (Warner Brothers, 2002) and Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2010), albums that feature expansive and--with Largo--electronic inputs. But he always returns to the acoustic trio format that brought him to prominence. It began with a series of five Art Of The Trio albums on the Warner Brothers label released between 1997 and 2001, a project that led to a rise that hit its zenith with the near ...

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Album Review

Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Read "Seymour Reads The Constitution!" reviewed by Doug Collette


The track listing of Seymour Reads The Constitution! is ultimately as deceptive as the album's title (not to mention its cryptic cover image). The ten cuts feature only three compositions written by Brad Mehldau, yet these pieces constitute almost half the record's sixty-plus minutes playing time. As a result, the covers provide exceptional pacing because the pianist and his band explore that material just as deftly, only slightly less intently. And markedly less intensely than, for example, the ...

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Album Review

Brad Mehldau: After Bach

Read "After Bach" reviewed by Doug Collette


The exacting rigor in pianist Brad Mehldau's playing made it inevitable he would one day issue a record devoted to a great classical composer. Yet, true to the open-ended implications of its title, After Bach is not merely a recitation of the master's work (not that it really could be, given Mehldau's penchant for improvisation). In fact, the seven original pieces here outnumber the five of Bach's from The Well-Tempered Clavier. And over the course of the dozen ...


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