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Brad Mehldau

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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.

Album

Jacob’s Ladder

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: -maybe as his skies are wide-; Herr und Knecht (Master and Slave); (Entr'acte) Glam Perfume; Cogs in Cogs, pt. 1: Dance; Cogs in Cogs, Pt. II: Song; Cogs in Cogs, Pt. III: Double Fugue; Tom Sawyer; Vou correndo te encontrar / Racecar; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. I: Liturgy; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. II: Song; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. III: Ladder; Heaven: I. All Once – II. Life Seeker – III. Würm – IV. Epilogue: It Was a Dream but I Carry It Still.

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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed or that deserve special attention. Manel Fortia Despertar Segell Microscopi 2022 Beginning softly and politely, as befits its title definition (trans. “fall asleep"), “Dormir" is the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brad Mehldau, Pat Martino and Vincent Orsolini

Read "Brad Mehldau, Pat Martino and Vincent Orsolini" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Leading the Kansas City Jazz Group Everyday Strangers, we kick off the 754th Episode of Neon Jazz with keyboardist Vincent Orsolini. From there, we hear the artist who floored him while witnessing his first live show in Brad Mehldau. We move on into profiling jazz with an edge from the likes of Franky Freedom, Mark Owen, ...

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Article: Interview

Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Imaginary Voyages, Part 2" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Part 1 | Part 2 American violinist Stuff Smith once said about the young, classically trained and self taught jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, “He plays violin like Coltrane plays saxophone." Born in 1942, Ponty has almost single-handedly taken jazz violin from the swing era into modern jazz, and beyond. At rock musician Frank Zappa's ...

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Jazz Hybrids by Brad Mehldau, Frank Zappa and Others

Read "Jazz Hybrids by Brad Mehldau, Frank Zappa and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program looks at jazz mixed with rock in various ways, whether it's called jazz-rock, fusion, prog rock, jazz-funk, trip-hop or something else. The artists heard on the show include Brad Mehldau, Donald Fagen, Frank Zappa, Joe Zawinul and the Keef Hartley Band. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" ...

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Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...


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