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Editors’ Notes

The title refers not only to the Nick Drake cover on this, Brad Mehldau’s latest album, but to the relatively brief day it took the pianist’s jazz trio (with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard) to record the disk. The upshot of that short, sharp session is a potent hit-and-run energy that not only sustains extended improvisational takes (Radiohead’s “Knives Out”) but offers a dynamic counterpoint to softer, more straight-on covers (a stunning rendition of Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie”).

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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