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  • Brad Mehldau's Finding Gabriel is out now. The album features performances by Mehldau on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes, and vocals. Guests include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens. "A soundtrack for our times," says the AP. "[T]he intricate arrangements of wordless vocals are fascinating, and among the singers is Mehldau, who happens to have a lovely voice. Fetching melodies abound ..." The Times of London gives five stars to the latest album from "the American jazz pianist, one of the best alive ... [T]he dominant mood is of a master musician having fun." To coincide with the album's release, Mehldau has shared a video for the track "The Prophet Is a Fool," which you can watch here.

  • Brad Mehldau's new album, Finding Gabriel, out next Friday, May 17, is streaming in full till then as an NPR First Listen. It's "a swing-for-the-fences opus," says NPR's Nate Chinen. "When you spend some time with Finding Gabriel, you begin to understand how much faith Mehldau has placed here in human vocalization, as a call to communion in troubled times." The album "feels both impeccably crafted and wildly out on a limb," says Chinen, "rooted in both breath and spirit, and a force that moves in mysterious ways."

  • About This Album

    Brad Mehldau's After Bach is due March 9, 2018, on Nonesuch Records. The album comprises the pianist/composer's recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an After Bach piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. The album begins with Mehldau's own "Before Bach: Benediction" and ends with his "Prayer for Healing." 

    As Mehldau's label mate Timo Andres says in his After Bach liner note, "As a professional organist, much of Bach's work took the form of improvisation, and during his lifetime it was the virtuosity and complexity of these improvisations for which he was most admired … Some three centuries after the fact, Brad Mehldau takes up this tradition and applies it to a frustratingly unknowable aspect of Bach's art."

    Andres continues, "There have always been elements of Mehldau's style that recall Bach, especially his densely-woven voicing—but he's not striving to imitate or play dress-up. Rather, After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit."

    After Bach originated in a work Mehldau first performed in 2015—commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall—called Three Pieces After Bach.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Brad Mehldau, piano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Brad Mehldau
    Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Tom Lazarus
    Recorded April 18–20, 2017, at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
    Additional Mixing by Brian Montgomery
    Piano Technician: Barbara Renner
    Production Coordination: Tom Korkidis

    Design by Evan Gaffney Design
    Cover Photograph by Peter Marlow, 1991 © Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos
    Portrait Photograph by Michael Wilson
    Concert Photograph by David Bazemore

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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on January 8, 2018 - 6:06pm
Artist Name: 
Brad Mehldau
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Release Date: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

After Bach comprises Brad Mehldau's recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an After Bach piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. "There have always been elements of Mehldau’s style that recall Bach," writes Timo Andres in the liner note. "After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit."

Description: 

Brad Mehldau's After Bach is due March 9, 2018, on Nonesuch Records. The album comprises the pianist/composer's recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an After Bach piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. The album begins with Mehldau's own "Before Bach: Benediction" and ends with his "Prayer for Healing." 

As Mehldau's label mate Timo Andres says in his After Bach liner note, "As a professional organist, much of Bach's work took the form of improvisation, and during his lifetime it was the virtuosity and complexity of these improvisations for which he was most admired … Some three centuries after the fact, Brad Mehldau takes up this tradition and applies it to a frustratingly unknowable aspect of Bach's art."

Andres continues, "There have always been elements of Mehldau's style that recall Bach, especially his densely-woven voicing—but he's not striving to imitate or play dress-up. Rather, After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit."

After Bach originated in a work Mehldau first performed in 2015—commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall—called Three Pieces After Bach.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Brad Mehldau
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Tom Lazarus
Recorded April 18–20, 2017, at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Additional Mixing by Brian Montgomery
Piano Technician: Barbara Renner
Production Coordination: Tom Korkidis

Design by Evan Gaffney Design
Cover Photograph by Peter Marlow, 1991 © Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos
Portrait Photograph by Michael Wilson
Concert Photograph by David Bazemore

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

565982

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Monday, January 8, 2018 - 17:15
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597931730
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597931792
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597931754
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
96/24 HD FLAC
UPC: 
075597931778
Price: 
13.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Brad Mehldau, piano

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