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Editors’ Notes

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has collaborated with the classical singers Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter. He’s recorded two discs, Largo and Highway Rider, with pop wizard Jon Brion. And he’s known for interpreting pieces by rock musicians as well as standards from the Great American Songbook. But listening to his 2011 solo piano album, Live In Marciac, it’s still striking how he can sound so un-jazz-like. And it’s clear that his ties to pop and classical run deep: it’s in his very touch. A passage might have the feel of a rock keyboard part and his rhythmic sense can bring to mind classical grandeur as much as jazzy flow. (Two very different pianists you might think of listening to this expansive album are Keith Jarrett and Keith Emerson, from the prog-rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer.) Live In Marciac features a number of originals, but the covers include songs by Nick Drake (“Things Behind the Sun”), Cole Porter (“It’s All Right With Me”), Kurt Cobain (“Lithium”), and Bobby Timmons (“Dat Dere”). Judging from the crowd reaction at this 2006 show, it’s clear the audience is glad to be taken any place Mehldau goes.

Customer Reviews

Great album from a great artist

One of the most innovative musicians today - period.


Amazing to think that compositions like this are even physically possible. How can something so intense be so melodic and delicate all at the same time? How can this music come out of one man's brain? In many ways it feels like a series of animated shorts, not in the lightness, but in the fact that with animation, anything is possible. This is music that you listen to, that you pay attention to, that you concentrate on because it is so beautiful, because there is so much to appreciate. I cannot fathom what it would have been like to be there live, in the front row. Eagerly awaiting to consume more of this man's music.


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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Live In Marciac, Brad Mehldau
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Feb 02, 2011

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