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Brad Mehldau Trio


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Mehldau plays original compositions, jazz standards and jazz arrangements of popular music, especially rock music. With his trio, he has recorded arrangements of the music of Nick Drake, The Beatles, Radiohead and Paul Simon. Mehldau has a distinct talent for transforming these ‘Rock’ songs in such a way that they sound as if they were Jazz Standards in the first place. He is best known as leader of the Brad Mehldau Trio, with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummers Jorge Rossy and Jeff Ballard (who succeeded Rossy in 2005). Mehldau has also expressed an interest in and knowledge of philosophy, in particular of music and art( such articles like; ” Ideology, Burgers and Beer” published by Jazz Time Magazine, which can be found in his web site under the writing section.) He has played and recorded solo and with co-leaders Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Charlie Haden, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny and others. In 2004, Mehldau toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joshua Redman.

Mehldau is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous, directly expressed musical idea. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, which informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves.


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  • Cat_007

    Cool band)

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MuzykoLubna

    I'm Lovin' it :)

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • edge_of_forever

    Cheap bastards. Just look at Ode and Where Do You Start album covers :)

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • barrospablito


    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The Ode album is out. :D

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Nochek


    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • adamcegan

    Does anyone know where I can get a recording of Brad's cover of Sufjan Steven's song "Holland"??

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • wielebnymarcin

    listen to Marcin Brzozowski on last. fm - the best polish pianist

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mzingg3


    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • YureTZzz


    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • javiwer

    Saw them live tonight in Madrid. Ridiculously amazing...

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Caedryan

    Going to see them live on Wednesday in Winterthur! It's going to be great!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Smelliot_

    brad mehldau's cover of holland by sufjan stevens: www [dot] mediafire [dot] com/?zno34z1wu5g

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JimboSpartacus

    eh, Kraftwerk's achievements are mostly conceptual and based on pioneering new media. As far as Musicianship I think both Brad and Radiohead far outshine any Kraftwerk that I have heard, as they do in listenablity, but that last one is a personal preference. To me they represent the kind of post modern philosophy that made art indecipherable to people without a BFA degree, and ultimately boring to those who hold one but still value formalism enough to enjoy Rachmaninoff, Prokfiev, and Bartok, despite their opposing sides of a silly ideological fence. I think there is enough math in music to say it is not entirely subjective though. As for Brad's music? no it isn't jazz proper. But neither was Coltrane for at least half (some people would say all) of his career. Not that ANYONE can ever be compared to Coltrane, but I think that Brad makes music that is interesting enough for me to be engaged by it, and sometimes it sounds more like jazz than others. it's always interesting though.

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BoxOfFrogbit

    Every view on everything is individual; completely and utterly subjective. This is why one cannot say that Brad Mehldau is better than Radiohead or the other way around. You cannot say that Brad Mehldau doesn't play proper jazz only ment for "people who don't like jazz". I would not agree. In my world they are a what I hear a day I couldn't really stand either rock or jazz. Middleway-music. But that's just what I think.

    18 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Just-Sonja

    When an artist does a cover of a song it is meant to give listener's a new perspective of the track, it shows what the song is capable of. Brad Mehldau does just that, he reveals the song from a Jazz perspective and god, he does it well. Like what's been said before, Mehldau is the Jazz equivalent to Radiohead therefore he has earnt the right to a fantastic cover. It bends and twist and stretches the song to its maximum capability and I don't think anyone can complain at someone with such talent to do so. I love it.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • nipperthedog

    They play different kind of music... Radiohead is a great rock band and Brad Mehldau is a great jazz musician... i don't think one could be greater than the other.... However, there are people who stand that Radiohead is bigger than KRAFTWERK! I don't agree with that at all haha... Kraftwerk is to electronic music the same as The Beatles to rock music... that's it...

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • flex-hoxha

    kinda boring.

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • gakko

    Comparing Brad to Radiohead is only offensive to Radiohead. On the other hand, the word "creative" does n´t fit very well. Every note he ever played is common ground. Jazz for people who can´t stand jazz.

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • whatchamacallme

    I'm really enjoying the new live album.

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
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