Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
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||ExplicitTaming the Dragon||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||6:42||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Luxe||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||You Can't Go Back Now||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:45||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Dreamer||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Elegy for Amelia E.||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||7:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sleeping Giant||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||6:17||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hungry Ghost||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Gainsbourg||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||7:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Just Call Me Nige||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sassyassed Sassafrass||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||5:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Swimming||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||4:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||London Gloaming||Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana||4:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Pianist Brad Mehldau is well known for his interpretation of the Great American Songbook, but his work often draws on classical music too. And he’s no stranger to rock or pop; he sounds at home covering rock songs or collaborating with pop producer Jon Brion. On 2014’s Taming the Dragon, he teams with drummer Mark Guiliana; they call their duo Mehliana. Together they make music that comes off like an update of '70s prog rock and fusion. Mehldau plays Fender Rhodes and synthesizer here, often at the same time, creating a rich tapestry of tones. Guiliana is a great drummer; his playing is full of nuance, and he's as precise as a machine when he wants to be. The opening title track incorporates moody spoken word and surges of squelching synth and furious percussion. “Luxe” is a drum'n'bass-inflected slice of prog, where fidgety rhythms hook up with grand keyboard assertions. “Elegy for Amelia E.” marks a change in pace. Somber electric piano lines and sustained synth tones set the scene for a crackly recording of Amelia Earhart. The melancholy and restrained “London Gloaming” closes the album.
So these guys live and they were excellent
So-so because of Spoken Poetry
This album has a few extended spoken word sections that are really poor, and get in the way of the tracks they're on. I would not buy those tracks, unless they end up releasing versions without the transparent poetry. 5 stars – spoken word = 3 stars. I should add that the stand-out on the album is actually Mark Guiliana, whose drumming is an impressive confluence of jazz, break-beat, and electronic drumming.
Two innovators of our generation making beautiful music. Defying genres brooo
Born: August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, FL
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s