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Elegiac Cycle

Brad Mehldau

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Great melancholy but intelligent modern piano here!

This album brilliantly compines jazz piano, classical and impressionism together in a great modernized context. Listen to the album and you'll see what im talking about. Also, i totally disagree with the notion that this album is depressing. Thoughtful, searching and melancholy yes but melancholy does not always mean sadness or depression, sometimes it just means the melody expresses a certain mood/ or moods. Anyways, if u dont mind to break away from the usual coventional swinging jazz piano playing for an hour and listen to something different, take this album for a serious spin and let the music take you away.

Beautiful

The right kind of melencholy here. Makes me want to slit my wrists, but in a contiplative, artistic way. This is a great album but you shouldn't listen to it if you're depressed.

Astounding

This is one of the few albums I've heard where I notice another aspect of musical genius every time I listen. Each piece is unique in its own way, with both innovative harmony and meaningful melodic lines. This is also more of a technical feat than it sounds due to the fact that Mehldau plays with a lot of counterpoint, much like Bach. I would hesitate to call this jazz, because even though it is very improvisational, Mehldau's playing shows a lot of classical influences (from composers such as Bach, Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin to name a few). I would hesitate to classify this as anything other than Brad Mehldau. If you want music with meaning and unparalleled creativity, buy this CD. If you don't like any kind of dissonance, this may be unpleasant to listen to. Personally, it is one of my all time favorites.

Biography

Born: August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the '90s and into the 2000s, Brad Mehldau was one among a plethora of young jazz pianists who rose to prominence. He is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, and he is receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney's "Blackbird," for example). Though Mehldau's training is primarily classical, his interest in jazz began early. He played in the Hall High School jazz band of Hartford, Connecticut, winning the Berklee College of Music's...
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Elegiac Cycle, Brad Mehldau
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 08, 1999

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