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Financial Times: Brad Mehldau "Remains the Brand Leader" of His Form

  • Friday, October 24, 2008
    Financial Times: Brad Mehldau "Remains the Brand Leader" of His Form

    The reviews of the Brad Mehldau Trio's performance at the Barbican in London earlier this week continue to pour in as Brad takes a night away from the Trio tour to play a special duo set with label mate Joshua Redman tomorrow night at the Christuskirche in Mannheim, Germany.

    In The Financial Times' review of the London show, writer Mike Hobart credits Brad with remaining at the top of the new form of jazz he pioneered:

    Intimate, rhythmically accessible and with a repertoire including Radiohead and The Beatles, his rejig of a classic format made an immediate impact. The traditional emphasis on bravura technique and group dynamics shifted to a focus on subtleties of touch and where-my-fancy-takes-me musings. It was a successful formula followed by others but, as confirmed by this gig, Mehldau remains the brand leader, albeit a slightly diffident one.

    Hobart goes on to describe Brad's technique this way:

    Mehldau creates gently undulating soundscapes of gradually gathering intensity. Starting with the simplest of motifs, he develops an intricate tapestry of melodic details, chordal voicings and dense cross-rhythms.

    Read more at ft.com.

    The Brad Mehldau Trio's Barbican set is also featured in The Guardian's Film & Music Playlist, in which the paper's music reviewers "pick the songs or albums, old or new, they just can’t turn off." Writer Alexis Petridis picks the Trio's take on Sufjan Stevens' "Holland," calling it "a lambent, implausibly lovely improvisation around Sufjan Stevens’ tribute to high summer in Michigan’s Tulip City."

    For more on Brad's upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

on October 24, 2008 - 11:50am
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Brad Mehldau takes a night away from his Trio tour to play a special duo set with label mate Joshua Redman tomorrow night at the Christuskirche in Mannheim, Germany. The Financial Times, in its review of the Trio's recent show at London's Barbican, says of Brad: "Mehldau creates gently undulating soundscapes of gradually gathering intensity. Starting with the simplest of motifs, he develops an intricate tapestry of melodic details, chordal voicings and dense cross-rhythms." The Guardian calls the Trio's concert take on Sufjan Stevens' "Holland" "a lambent, implausibly lovely improvisation."

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The reviews of the Brad Mehldau Trio's performance at the Barbican in London earlier this week continue to pour in as Brad takes a night away from the Trio tour to play a special duo set with label mate Joshua Redman tomorrow night at the Christuskirche in Mannheim, Germany.

In The Financial Times' review of the London show, writer Mike Hobart credits Brad with remaining at the top of the new form of jazz he pioneered:

Intimate, rhythmically accessible and with a repertoire including Radiohead and The Beatles, his rejig of a classic format made an immediate impact. The traditional emphasis on bravura technique and group dynamics shifted to a focus on subtleties of touch and where-my-fancy-takes-me musings. It was a successful formula followed by others but, as confirmed by this gig, Mehldau remains the brand leader, albeit a slightly diffident one.

Hobart goes on to describe Brad's technique this way:

Mehldau creates gently undulating soundscapes of gradually gathering intensity. Starting with the simplest of motifs, he develops an intricate tapestry of melodic details, chordal voicings and dense cross-rhythms.

Read more at ft.com.

The Brad Mehldau Trio's Barbican set is also featured in The Guardian's Film & Music Playlist, in which the paper's music reviewers "pick the songs or albums, old or new, they just can’t turn off." Writer Alexis Petridis picks the Trio's take on Sufjan Stevens' "Holland," calling it "a lambent, implausibly lovely improvisation around Sufjan Stevens’ tribute to high summer in Michigan’s Tulip City."

For more on Brad's upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Friday, October 24, 2008 - 09:30
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Brad Mehldau Trio: Ballard, Grenadier, Mehldau by Michael Wilson

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