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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.

RoundAgain

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Undertow; Moe Honk; Silly Little Love Song; Right Back Round Again; Floppy Diss; Father; Your Part to Play.

Suite: April 2020

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I. Waking Up; II. Stepping Outside; III. Social Distance; IV. Stopping, Listening, Hearing; V. Remembering Before All This; VI. Uncertainty; VII. The Day Moves By; VII. Yearning; IX. Waiting; X. In The Kitchen; XI Family Harmony; XII. Lullabye; Don't Let It Bring You Down; New York State of Mind; Look for the Silver Lining.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with George Kahn

Read "Take Five with George Kahn" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet George Kahn George Kahn majored in music at Brandeis University and moved to jny: Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue a music career as a pianist and film composer. His jazz recording career now spans over 20 years. The George Kahn Trio album, released in 2018 reached #16 on the JazzWeek Charts. His new album, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Trio Grande: Three instruments, three nationalities, one supergroup

Read "Trio Grande: Three instruments, three nationalities, one supergroup" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

An incessant stream of new artists, new ideas, revisitations of old ideas and ever-shifting technological inventions continues to push jazz onward, forward into the 21st Century. While most of today's music began taking root and developing in the turbulent jazz topographies of the last century, each new interpretation, extension and redesign today adds a new perspective, ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions

Read "Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions" reviewed by Arthur R George

The clarinet, foundational for jazz from Sidney Bechet unto Eric Dolphy, remains in strong use in the indigenous Roma music of the eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere in the world clarinet generally has been moved aside by saxophone's bigger sound. But in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, clarinet provides jazz shadings to traditional music, speaks a range of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Josh Nelson: D+N+A: David/Nelson/Agreement

Read "D+N+A: David/Nelson/Agreement" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Mon David and pianist Josh Nelson's D+N+A: David/Nelson/Agreement has two recorded antecedents in John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse!, 1963) and Emilia Vancini's And If You Fall, You Fall (Espira, 2020). This new release favors the former in that David is a baritone voice as was Hartman and his repertoire on D+N+A is one of ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Denin Koch

Read "Take Five with Denin Koch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Denin Koch Hailed as possessing “pristine playing, meticulous composing" and “a very personal voice deserving of attention," guitarist and composer Denin Koch has synthesized his wide and varied influences into a unique approach to jazz improvisation. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Ryan Keberle, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joshua Redman + Brad Mehldau + Christian McBride + Brian Blade: RoundAgain

Read "RoundAgain" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

None of these men requires introducing to anyone who has even remotely followed the contemporary jazz scene at any point over the past thirty years. Their respective bodies of work have guided and represented jazz throughout the last decades and continue to set the benchmark for original composing and improvising today. 26 years after their much-lauded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How To turn the Moon

Read "How To turn the Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of piano jazz might have a preference for the trio format—piano/bass/drums. Or they might like their piano straight, no chaser, with solo piano sets. There is no shortage of trio and solo recordings floating around for our listening enjoyment. But two pianos? Rare, though not unheard of. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays offered up the ...


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