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Brad Mehldau

During the '90s and into the 2000s, Brad Mehldau was one among a plethora of young jazz pianists who rose to prominence. He is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, and he is receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney's "Blackbird," for example). Though Mehldau's training is primarily classical, his interest in jazz began early. He played in the Hall High School jazz band of Hartford, Connecticut, winning the Berklee College of Music's Best All-Around Musician Award while still in his junior year of high school. He studied jazz at New York's New School for Social Research under Fred Hersch, Junior Mance, Kenny Werner, and Jimmy Cobb. Cobb soon hired him to play in his band, Cobb's Mob, and Mehldau also played and recorded with the Joshua Redman Quartet before forming his own trio in 1994 and recording his first Warner Bros. album, Introducing Brad Mehldau, in 1995. Art of the Trio, Vol. 1 followed in 1997, with the next two volumes in the series appearing over the following months. Two years later, Mehldau returned with Elegiac Cycle, as well as Art of the Trio, Vol. 4: Back at the Vanguard. Places followed in 2000, consisting of all-original compositions focusing on various cities, hence the title of the album.

Another Art of the Trio album came out in 2001, but the most significant release was Largo, which recorded Mehldau performing with other groups outside of his usual trio format. This was a big change from his previous work, and offered new challenges as he adapted to several interesting lineup situations. Mehldau followed the genre-bending album with the standards-based Anything Goes and Live in Tokyo in 2004, with Day Is Done arriving the following year. In 2006, he released House on Hill as well as Love Sublime, the latter with soprano vocalist Renée Fleming on Nonesuch Records. Mehldau chose to work with his trio plus Pat Metheny on Quartet in 2007; he followed it up with with the double-disc Live in 2008, which was recorded with his trio at the Village Vanguard.

In 2010, Mehldau emerged with the ambitious Highway Rider, a double-disc of 15 new compositions produced by Jon Brion. He employed his trio as well as drummer Matt Chamberlain, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and a small chamber orchestra led by Dan Coleman. Mehldau arranged and orchestrated all the music. Also in 2010, Mehldau was honored by Carnegie Hall when he was named the first jazz artist to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the 2010-2011 season. In 2011, Mehldau appeared on two live albums, his own Live in Marciac and the ECM date Live at Birdland (recorded in 2009) with saxophonist Lee Konitz, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian. In September of that year, Nonesuch also released a studio album, Modern Music, a collaboration between Mehldau, pianist Kevin Hays, and composer/arranger Patrick Zimmerli. The music on this set was comprised of tunes by each of the principals, as well as compositions by Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.

On December 6, 2011, while Mehldau was at the beginning of a world tour, Nonesuch issued a box set entitled Art of the Trio Recordings: 1996–2001. The set includes the five Art of the Trio albums -- the last a double-disc -- that were originally issued on Warner Bros. The box also included a seventh disc of previously unreleased material from shows at the Village Vanguard in 1997, 1999, and 2001. In 2012, Mehldau's Trio released two studio albums with the all-original Ode, and the companion collection of cover songs, Where Do You Start. In 2013, he and drummer/electronicist Mark Guiliana collaborated for the performing and recording duo Mehliana; their debut offering, Taming the Dragon appeared through Nonesuch in February of 2014. ~ Richard S. Ginell & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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jazzdadman
THIS truly is a BAD MAN!!!!!!!!! ! ! i get totally immersed in his art truly great for ones ears..... soul.... sensibilites . ! ! > > > >
Black. Hole. Sun. (. Live. )
by. Brad. Mehldau
Brad you do it for me. I owe you, but for now thank you
Adenika
Mr Brad. Mehldau (. Time has told me ).
by. Mr brad Mehldau
On Where. Do you. Start
I am sorry for the following:
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
All of your great jazz pianists have their own unique sound. He is definitely NOT a reincarnatio n of Bill Evans. A well trained ear can identify each jazz musicians 'signature' and uniqueness just by listening to several measures of their music. Brad is definitely a genius in his own style and method of playing.
1325277202
this music makes me wanna end my miserable life as a dirty slut. f**k you all.
Thanks to Pandora I am being introduced to artists like Brad without leaving my home.
Never heard Brad along these lines great change..
brackinrealt y , it's like abstract art. If you have to explain it - you're not going to get it. Just relax and listen. You'll get it.
first time i ever heard him was here on Pandora..wow . . . h e is brilliant!
I clearly hear elements of Keith Jarrett (Koln), with subtle emotion and lift. Lovely to listen to while watching the passing clouds over the northern Berkshire hills.
brackinrealt y
DaddyCarl
I have many of Brad's recording's which I love. But this, I just don't understand. I play piano and know a little bit about music, but this - I don't get! Educate me as to what your are hearing so I can enjoy it too!
brian.sulliv a n 1 9
I bet their version of Blackbird is better than yours
sacredfun6
This is nice. On Talking Heads Radio!?
sevag31
a Bill Evans reincarnatio n . GOOD
Brad Mehldau is a great talent and a pleasure to keep on listening to.
Brad Mehldau just keeps getting better! WOW!!
Brad so clearly influenced by Bill Evans. But don't ever say that to his face. He rants on one of his album's liner notes about how he hates that comparison. But I've never heard him say exactly why he's so offended by the comparison. Anybody know?
Using my-ladies Pandora but had to say i went to high school with this cat...played drums with him at hall he's a genius at the keys and pure aural pleasure
I don't want to be too critical, but he doesn't do much for me. I so much prefer Bill Evans, but I admire that he's chosen to play this music and welcome his popularity.
If you like Brad solo, you'll like him even more when you listen to Brad and Pat Metheny on their album, Quartet. Truly wonderful to hear them play together.
His version of Black Bird - A M A Z I N G. Goosebumps.. .
slong7
He plays to your soul and nothing less. No ego. Just plays from his soul to yours. He is the modern day Coltrane of the piano and nothing remotely less.
ANOTHER GOOD ARTIST I DISCOVERED ON YOUR WONDERFUL STATION
Bracingly fresh, ..... like freshly pressed juice. Never hoird anything like it. (Cee Rex)
mdavidso224
Fanntastic!! I sat with with Ahmad Jamal in Pittsburgh's Hill District and have not had the musical voltage that high since--until now.
penguinhead1 7
Love 'House on Hill!!! Awesome cd.
A very sophisticate d , thoughtful style. Beautiful chord formations and not insanely technical. One of my real favorites.
I love it!
NICE MUSIC/ KIND OF LIKE KEITH JARRET
folger369
I can see by Joseph's capital letters that he does have a high stress job! Glad Mehldau chills you out. He is another pianist whose music both moves on a gut, internal level, very deeply, yet also soothes. Great combination.
Mehldau's music is wonderful. While he sounds influenced by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett he has his own style molded from a very inventive left hand
annemariesu
yes.
hawkman0423
Great rendention of a classic. Need more like this!!!!
THIS IS THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT LOWERS MY BLOOD PRESSURE! I SHOULD KNOW AS I'M A PROPERTY CLAIMS ADJUSTER DEALING WITH HURRICANE CLAIMS, SO THIS REALLY HELPS ! THANKS FOR THE INTRO PANDORA TO BRAD !
I thought this song was radio head from listening from the other room. Had to scan the bio to see if he's the guy in Radiohead. Do they do a cover of this song? Everything in its right place? Love it! exactly the type of stuff I'm looking for on this particular station I'm preening now, Abstract Ridimlicious .
I don't think he sounds like Bill either. For all it's lyrical beauty Bill's playing swings. Brad doesn't swing, he circles around and around and around.
Beautiful. Hard to describe. All inclusive of Evans, Peterson, et al. Thanks.
rostler7
sublime!
eriknosh
And check out Tord Gustavsen
roussee
If you like Mehldau, check out Avishai Cohen as well.
COOL!
Very nice tune. Quite complex and rich.
stu-orr
Great new find for me. Thank you Pandora for the introduction .
My recent discovery, and a brilliant one. His music can lower blood pressure by 20 points.
Totally enthralling craftmanship . So glad to have his creative talent blessing us. I never tire of listening to his work.
srquinn21
There are only two jazz pianists: Art Tatum and Bill Evans. All other artists, no matter how technically or creatively versed,are just a copy. Mehldau, however, is a 300 dpi full color copy. Brilliant
The line runs from Bill Evans to Keith Jarrett to Brad. His inventivenes s and harmonic complexity are astounding. Glad there's somebody to carry on the torch.
Brad is one more of Bill Evan's disciples; a great touch and feel for the blues.
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