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1.02Wonderwall (listen to full-length track) (Noel Gallagher)8:44
1.03Rubys Rub (Brad Mehldau)13:07
1.04O Que Será (Chico Buarque)10:37
1.05B-Flat Waltz (Brad Mehldau)9:10
1.06Black Hole Sun (Chris Cornell)23:20
1.07The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble)13:03
2.01Buddha Realm (Brad Mehldau)11:59
2.02Fit Cat (Brad Mehldau)10:40
2.03Secret Beach (Brad Mehldau)11:35
2.04C.T.A. (Jimmy Heath)16:16
2.05More Than You Know (Edward Eliscu / Billy Rose / Vincent Youmans)12:08
2.06Countdown (John Coltrane)14:56

News & Reviews

  • Stanford Live 2014–15 Season Includes Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Toumani Diabaté, Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau

    Stanford Live has announced its 2014–15 season, and featured among the performers taking the stage at Bing Concert Hall are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté, Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, and Brad Mehldau Trio, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by John Adams and a celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim.

  • Nonesuch Artists Earn 14 Grammy Nominations, Including Five for The Black Keys

    Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, announced last night by The Recording Academy: The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Amadou & Mariam, Björk, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Brad Mehldau, and Pat Metheny. Together, these artists have garnered an astounding 14 nominations, including a remarkable five nominations for The Black Keys' latest album, El Camino. You can hear music from all the nominated albums on the new Nonesuch Radio channel "2012 Grammy Nominees."

About this Album

Nonesuch released two-disc set Live by the Brad Mehldau Trio—pianist Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jeff Ballard—in March 2008. The album was recorded by the group the New York Times calls “a graceful and sonorous acoustic jazz combo” at The Village Vanguard in October 2006. Mehldau previously recorded two albums, 1998’s Live at The Village Vanguard, The Art of the Trio Volume Two and 1999’s The Art of the Trio Volume Four, Back at The Vanguard, at the famed New York jazz club.

Live includes five original tunes by Mehldau, as well as interpretations of songs by composers as diverse as jazz legends Jimmy Heath and John Coltrane, Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque, and rock musicians Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Also included is the standard tune “The Very Thought of You,” written by Ray Noble and made famous by Nat King Cole, and “More Than You Know,” from the Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, and Vincent Youmans Broadway show, Great Day!

Released simultaneously as an all-MP3 album, available only at, is The Complete Friday Night Sets, taken from the three sets of their Vanguard tenure's Friday night. The takes of "Fit Cat" and "Secret Beach" on Live also appear on The Complete Friday Night Sets digital album.

A 2007 DownBeat cover story rhetorically asks, “He’s developed one of the most distinctive instrumental voices in jazz. He’s redefined the rhythmic possibilities of a trio. He’s opened up the songbooks of Radiohead and Nick Drake to the jazz canon. Is Brad Mehldau the most influential jazz musician of his generation?”

Within the first decade of his career as a bandleader, Mehldau had released ten critically acclaimed albums on Warner Bros. Included among those are five volumes of his Art of the Trio series with Grenadier and the group’s previous drummer, Jorge Rossy; a classically inspired solo studio disc, Elegiac Cycle; and Largo, an experimental outing with producer Jon Brion that introduced electronic and subtle pop elements into Mehldau’s approach.

His solo Nonesuch debut, Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo, was released in 2004, followed by a trio record, Day is Done, in 2005—which introduced the group’s new drummer, Jeff Ballard. In 2006, the label released a pair of albums—House on Hill, featuring all original compositions (played by the trio of Mehldau/Grenadier/Rossy), and Love Sublime, an album of songs he wrote for—and performed with—soprano Renee Fleming. Later that year, the first of Mehldau’s collaborations with his label-mate, guitarist Pat Metheny, was released. Metheny Mehldau, which was named Best Jazz Album in DownBeat’s annual reader’s poll,was followed with a second collaboration featuring Mehldau’s trio and Metheny—Metheny Mehldau Quartet. The same reader’s poll also named Mehldau Best Acoustic Pianist.


Brad Mehldau, piano
Larry Grenadier, bass
Jeff Ballard, drums

Produced by Brad Mehldau
This music was recorded live at The Village Vanguard in New York City on October 11-15, 2006.
Recorded by James Farber, Tim Martyn, and Rick Jacobsohn
Mixed by James Farber at Sear Sound, NYC
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC

Design by John Gall
Photography by Michael Wilson

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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