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Brad Mehldau

Pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums. They are made up exclusively of original material and have central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes—a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy.

NEWS: RECORDING

Lebanese Pianist Tarek Yamani Drops Electro-Arabic-Jazz Mash-Up Single In Tribute To Buzuq Maestro Matar Muhammad

Lebanese Pianist Tarek Yamani Drops Electro-Arabic-Jazz Mash-Up Single In Tribute To Buzuq Maestro Matar Muhammad

Tarek Yamani—a pianist who appears to have made it his life's work to figure out just how far Arabic musical traditions can be thrust into the American jazz idiom—has unleashed perhaps his most audacious project yet. Typically an acoustic player most often fronting a trio, Yamani makes a brave about face with “King Matar," a quarter-tonal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gustav Lundgren: Live At Fasching

Read "Live At Fasching" reviewed by Chris May

If the Norway's Eivind Aarset is one side of Scandinavian fretboard virtuosity, Sweden's Gustav Lundgren is the other. Aarset works with experimentalists such as Jon Hassell and Jan Bang. Lundgren is more straight-ahead, evoking Jack Wilkins and Pat Metheny. Both guitarists, however, are lyrical players. If you enjoy the linear melodism of Lundgren's Live At Fasching, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant

Read "Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant" reviewed by Doug Hall

The passing of a giant in all categories of jazz. Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy Award winner, keyboard virtuoso as pianist, composer and arranger has earned, by contribution and breadth of musicianship, all the accolades, awards and recognition. If ever the title applied: a legendary figure in jazz. Beyond Corea's range of solo compositions ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Guitarist Gabriel Vicéns from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has only been on the New York City scene for about five years. But his rich tone and engaging style have gained him a reputation—still growing—as a remarkable voice and an artist with something valid to say. He's not a guitar shredder, though he has plenty of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It goes without saying that 2020, year one of the global pandemic, was oppressive and overwhelming at times. Nearly everyone in their individual isolation came to recognize what has been lost and, hopefully, identify the resilience of the human spirit. One could argue the hardest hit were musicians, where touring and performing for an audience, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Becca Stevens and Elan Mehler: Pallet On Your Floor

Read "Pallet On Your Floor" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Elan Mehler is well known as a producer and as co-founder of the all-vinyl Newvelle Records label, which he co-founded in 2016. Mehler's pianist-composer bona fides are long-established. His eight recordings to date have reflected a wide variety of approaches. The experimental remixes of Scheme For Thought (Brownswood Recordings, 2007), classical influences on Early Sunday Morning ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...


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