For the first four weeks we visited modern jazz from a cornerstone of jazz music, one of the many seminal records of a jazz legend, the origins of thrash guitar, tucked inside a box of Latin inspired jazz fusion, and I avoided any further legal action from Mike Stern (but I am still waiting for a call from Metallica’s legal team). 2,664 more words
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Choose two distinguished musicians: Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, add bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, get some very comfortable headphones – sit back at your favourite sofa – leave your mind to rest for a few minutes before listening to Quartet. 64 more words
Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)
Brad Mehldau Trio
It’s tempting to think of Blues and Ballads, released today, as Brad Mehldau for the masses.
If it’s not exactly that, then at the very least, the album, which is the first new release from the pianist’s world-class trio since 2012, presents the brilliant pianist going deep into the jazz-tradition comfort zone, focusing on slow and lyrical interpretations of canonical material and choice pop tunes. 620 more words