Brad Mehldau Mon chien Stupide (Bande originale du film) Same Player Sign me up for the film straight away: A French translation of the John Fante novella (My Dog Stupid from the posthumous collection West of Rome in which a middle-aged couple with marriage troubles have a big ‘Stupid’ dog come between them – written, […]
Joshua Redman Quartet Come What May Nonesuch In the two decades since the Joshua Redman Quartet last recorded together their leader has gone in all directions as featured soloist, cameo artist and collaborator (The Bad Plus, Brad Mehldau) working with tone and timbre to shape his playing and songwriting.
Brad Mehldau Finding Gabriel Nonesuch I was so hooked on the early Meldhau work – mostly trio jazz and sometimes some solo piano. And then he toured NZ with his trio and it was…I dunno…it was just boring. It was just exactly as it was meant to be I suppose and yet I somehow wanted more. He won me back over with his extrapolations […]
Last night I sat down with a good book, a nice drink and a copy of Brad Mehldau’s solo piano record, Live in Tokyo. I loved this album when it was released – nearly ten years ago now. And I loved most things Mehldau was doing or had done – his trio records, solo recordings, […]
Aaron Goldberg The Now Sunnyside Records The easy, obvious comparison with Goldberg and his trio (bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, they also work with the great Charles Lloyd) is to Brad Mehldau’s small combo/trio work – tinkering, skittish percussion flirts alongside piano glissando, they so effortlessly, as a group, fall back into the […]
Mark Guiliana Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations Beat Music Productions In a huge year for Mark Guiliana, the in-demand drummer, composer, beat-maker has started his own label, continued to guest and collaborate and co-create (including the excellent Taming The Dragon with Brad Mehldau under the name Mehliana) and simultaneously released two albums, two sides […]
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch I collected up whatever I could find by Brad Mehldau about a decade ago. He was the man. Covers of pop songs, live bop sets, classical noodlings, solo piano, with a trio or quartet – I just kept collecting his records. He couldn’t do anything […]
Brad Mehldau Trio Where Do You Start Nonesuch There’s something hypnotic in the way Mehldau plays – in that sense I think back to discovering Keith Jarrett. There’s the grace, the slow-build, the confidence. And with Mehldau it’s all built from a steady ostinato – and then he layers across. Gorgeous and charming and so […]