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Interview

A Conversation with Brad Mehldau

Read "A Conversation with Brad Mehldau" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This article was first published at All About Jazz in 2002. All About Jazz: Do you recall your first jazz record? Brad Mehldau: I think the first real jazz record I listened to was an Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass duo album, one of those Pablo things. A friend of my father's bought it for me when I was eleven years old. Oscar was really the first guy I really listened to. That was the one. ...

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Album Review

Chris Potter: Eagle's Point

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The question that comes to mind after listening to Eagle's Point is this: why have the four musicians, who have known each other since the 1990s, never recorded together before? For the combination of Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci and Brian Blade is a real meeting of minds; the stars are in perfect alignment. Potter's previous release, Got The Keys To The Kingdom (Edition, 2023), was a live set, recorded at New York's Village Vanguard, and ...

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Play This!

Brad Mehldau: Maybe As His Skies Are Wide

Read "Brad Mehldau: Maybe As His Skies Are Wide" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Long known for his absolute adventurousness, there isn't much that Brad Mehldau hasn't stylistically encompassed. Still, when the pianist released an exploration of the progressive favorites of his youth,--Jacob's Ladder (Nonesuch, 2022)--the results were like nothing else in his catalog. Among the album's most compelling tracks is the re-envisioning of a single famous melodic line from Rush's classic “Tom Sawyer." Mehldau loops it, reharmonizes it, displaces it rhythmically and improvises over all these newfound twists and turns, creating something truly ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Big Label Bangers

Read "Big Label Bangers" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The boys love chasing after the esoteric, the brand new, the little known. But sometime, we also like to talk about the, well, big label bangers. That is, big labels in jazz terms, which really means small subsidiary branches of huge media conglomerates, but let's not get into that now. Some famous names are back this episode and we talk about their latest releases--sometimes a great deal later than their date of death.Playlist Discussion of Brandee Younger's album ...

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Live Review

Brad Mehldau Live at The Falcon

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Brad Mehldau The Falcon Marlboro, NY August 28, 2023 Twenty four hours after a raucous, spirit raising performance by South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and his trio mates, drummer Francisco Mela and bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere the evening began quietly like a haiku. Brad Mehldau thanked his Hudson Valley neighbors, turned, took the bench and let the dimming light of late August shade his summer reflection. The insistent motif of “John Boy" rang out ...

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Book Review

Brad Mehldau: Formation: Building A Personal Canon, Part One

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Formation: Building A Personal Canon, Part One Brad Mehldau 312 Pages ISBN: 9781800503137 Equinox Publishing 2023 In the considerable wake of Keith Jarrett, it is hard to think of another pianist as influential or as widely imitated as Brad Mehldau. Throughout a career that began in the early '90s, taking flight with his acclaimed Art Of The Trio albums, Mehldau has built his reputation--like Jarrett before him--as a jazz improvisor par ...

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Liner Notes

Brad Mehldau: Your Mother Should Know

Read "Brad Mehldau: Your Mother Should Know" reviewed by Brad Mehldau


In his book, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages, the scholar Harold Bloom confronted the question of what makes particular books endure through the ages, long surpassing the time and place in which they were written: The answer, more often than not, has turned out to be strangeness, a mode of originality that either cannot be assimilated, or that so assimilates us that we cease to see it as strange. If we look ...


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