Brad Mehldau

Born 23 August 1970.
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Brad Mehldau interview with Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum's guest is the American jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.

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Bradford Alexander "Brad" Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.

Mehldau studied music at The New School, and toured and recorded while still a student. He was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman's Quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since at least 1992. His first long-term trio featured bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; in 2005 Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy. These bands have released a dozen albums under the pianist's name.

Since the early 2000s Mehldau has experimented with other musical formats in addition to trio and solo piano. Largo, released in 2002, contains electronics and input from rock and classical musicians; later examples include touring and recording with guitarist Pat Metheny, writing and playing song cycles for classical singers Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter, composing orchestral pieces for 2009's Highway Rider, and playing electronic keyboard instruments in a duo with drummer Mark Guiliana.

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  1. Review of Live in Marciac

    Live in Marciac 2011

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    Music so rich that it’s possible to believe two players are at work.
  2. Review of Highway Rider

    Highway Rider 2010

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    The pianist’s latest is a concept album with an odyssey-like subtext.
  3. Review of Live in Tokyo

    Live in Tokyo 2004

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Mehldau delivers his own deeply personal take on standards from Gershwin to Radiohead...
  4. Review of Largo


    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Pianist Mehldau finds himself in the studio with a rock producer and a whole 6 days of...
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