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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Read "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If you blinked at the wrong time, it was easy to miss the fact that Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau had played together at all. For two such restless collaborators, each occasional encounter was one more fleeting meet-up among many others--a quick one-off in 2011, a nine-city string of duo shows in 2013 and another two-night live stand after a couple years more. That last was accompanied by a quick stop in the studio to finally give the rest of ...

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Chris Thile: Chris Thile: Bach - Sonatas & Partitas

Read "Chris Thile: Bach - Sonatas & Partitas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

At first blush, Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin played on the humble mandolin might be akin to making a Rusty Nail with single-malt scotch. A successful performance will require, at the very least, great virtuosity and vision: both of which Chris Thile possesses in impressive amounts. Banjoist Bela Fleck's superb 2001 recording Perpetual Motion (Sony) demonstrated that in the hands of a superior musician, Baroque fare shines like a new dime (Fleck even covers Bach's “Prelude" from Partita ...


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