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    New Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny Albums Previewed by BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum

    Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, due February 25 on Nonesuch Records, and Kin (←→), the debut album from the Pat Metheny Unity Group, due February 4, are featured on the latest episode of BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum show. The episode looks ahead to the music of 2014 and showcases "some of the most exciting tracks coming out in the next few months in the world of jazz," including "Hungry Ghost" from the Mehliana album and "Kqu" from Kin (←→).

    "The pianist Brad Mehldau is probably my most played artist on this very show; I'm a huge fan of his," says Cullum. "Brad's always doing interesting left turns with his music." On the forthcoming album, "he's paying keyboards, he's playing Fender Rhodes, and he's playing with a very different type of drummer, Mark Guiliana, an incredible jazz drummer, but also someone who's got his ear open for new sounds, the sound of electronic music, the sound of dub step and hip hop and sample music and all that kind of stuff. He manages to bring that together with Brad's incredible conception on keyboard and Brad bringing together a load of new sounds as well, playing synthesizers, playing electric piano, and doing something totally new. Sounds great. You're gonna love it, I'm sure."

    Later in the program, Cullen introduces the Kin (←→) by saying: "Another new record I'm looking forward to this year is from another musician I've had the pleasure of interviewing, Mr. Pat Metheny." On the 2012 album Unity Band, Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the first time since 1980, featuring Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. With Kin (←→), Metheny has added multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group.

    To hear the Jamie Cullum episode featuring "Hungry Ghost" and "Kqu," visit bbc.co.uk; the Mehliana segment begins at 18:30 and the Pat Metheny Unity Group piece begins at 28:50.

    To pre-order Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana's Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, with an instant download of the track Cullum plays, "Hungry Ghost," and Pat Metheny Unity Group's Kin (←→), with an exclusive print autographed by Metheny, head to the Nonesuch Store now. Both albums are available to pre-order on CD and vinyl.

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Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, due February 25 on Nonesuch Records, and Kin (←→), the debut album from the Pat Metheny Unity Group, due February 4, are featured on the latest episode of BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum show. The episode looks ahead to the music of 2014 and showcases "some of the most exciting tracks coming out in the next few months in the world of jazz," including "Hungry Ghost" from the Mehliana album and "Kqu" from Kin (←→).

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Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, due February 25 on Nonesuch Records, and Kin (←→), the debut album from the Pat Metheny Unity Group, due February 4, are featured on the latest episode of BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum show. The episode looks ahead to the music of 2014 and showcases "some of the most exciting tracks coming out in the next few months in the world of jazz," including "Hungry Ghost" from the Mehliana album and "Kqu" from Kin (←→).

"The pianist Brad Mehldau is probably my most played artist on this very show; I'm a huge fan of his," says Cullum. "Brad's always doing interesting left turns with his music." On the forthcoming album, "he's paying keyboards, he's playing Fender Rhodes, and he's playing with a very different type of drummer, Mark Guiliana, an incredible jazz drummer, but also someone who's got his ear open for new sounds, the sound of electronic music, the sound of dub step and hip hop and sample music and all that kind of stuff. He manages to bring that together with Brad's incredible conception on keyboard and Brad bringing together a load of new sounds as well, playing synthesizers, playing electric piano, and doing something totally new. Sounds great. You're gonna love it, I'm sure."

Later in the program, Cullen introduces the Kin (←→) by saying: "Another new record I'm looking forward to this year is from another musician I've had the pleasure of interviewing, Mr. Pat Metheny." On the 2012 album Unity Band, Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the first time since 1980, featuring Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. With Kin (←→), Metheny has added multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group.

To hear the Jamie Cullum episode featuring "Hungry Ghost" and "Kqu," visit bbc.co.uk; the Mehliana segment begins at 18:30 and the Pat Metheny Unity Group piece begins at 28:50.

To pre-order Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana's Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, with an instant download of the track Cullum plays, "Hungry Ghost," and Pat Metheny Unity Group's Kin (←→), with an exclusive print autographed by Metheny, head to the Nonesuch Store now. Both albums are available to pre-order on CD and vinyl.

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Mehliana: Taming the Dragon; Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)

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