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Blues and BalladsNonesuch Records releases the Brad Mehldau Trio's Blues and Ballads, the trio's first new release since 2012's Where Do You Start. The previous release received critical acclaim, with the Financial Times saying, "Mehldau never lets his peerless technique and meticulous timing interrupt the narrative flow of a well-told tale. Here, the pianist and his trio burrow deep into left-field pop and the American songbook, and give an adventurous sheen to modern jazz." Blues and Ballads similarly comprises interpretations of songs by other composers, this time with the focus on blues and ballads implied by the album's title. The Brad Mehldau Trio is Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums.1. Since I Fell for You
2. I Concentrate On You
4. And I Love Her
5. Little Person
6. My Valentine$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chris Thile & Brad MehldauNonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City's Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs.
Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species, says the New York Times. Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players ... Both love Bach and the Beatles, and both have developed fan bases bigger and broader (and younger) than their genre silos can accommodate.
The two musicians first performed together in September 2011 as part of Mehldau's residency at London's Wigmore Hall. The Guardian said of that performance, Mehldau struck up his signature rocking chord vamp over which lightly struck motifs swell to sensuous extended melodies. Thile kept cajoling him with percussive snaps, flying runs, and chords strummed fast enough to sound as seamless as a purring strings section, inducing Mehldau to bat back the playful provocation with stinging rejoinders.
MacArthur Fellow and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer called the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen. The band has released four albums on Nonesuch beginning in 2008: Punch, Antifogmatic, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile's other releases on the label include Sleep with One Eye Open with Michael Daves; Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile and Bass & Mandolin-the latter of which won a Grammy Award; a solo record of Bach violin sonatas and partitas; and A Dotted Line with his longtime band Nickel Creek. He also recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer on the double Grammy Award-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Brad Mehldau's Nonesuch debut was the 2004 solo disc Live in Tokyo and includes six records with his trio: House on Hill, Day Is Done, Brad Mehldau Trio Live, Ode, Where Do You Start, and Blues and Ballads. His collaborative records on the label include Love Sublime, Highway Rider, Metheny Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau Quartet, Modern Music, and Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. Mehldau's additional solo albums on Nonesuch include Live in Marciac and last year's 8-LP/4-CD 10 Years Solo Live, which the New York Times says contains some of the most impressive pianism he has captured on record. Earlier this year, he released a duo album with Joshua Redman, Nearness, of which the Wall Street Journal said: Few records released this year better define what jazz sounds like today, even if there isn't a hip noun to describe it.1. The Old Shade Tree (Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile)
2.Tallahassee Junction (Brad Mehldau)
3. Scarlet Town (David Rawlings & Gillian Welch)
4. I Cover the Waterfront (Johnny Green & Edward Heyman)
5. Independence Day (Elliott Smith)
6. Noise Machine (Chris Thile)
7. The Watcher (Brad Mehldau)
8. Daughter of Eve (Chris Thile)
9. Fast As You Can (Fiona Apple)*
10. Marcie (Joni Mitchell)
11. Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Bob Dylan)
12. Tabhair dom do Lámh (Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin)
*Vinyl-only bonus track$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MoodSwingThis reissue of MoodSwing is Joshua Redmans third recording as a band leader and his first featuring all-original compositions. The young saxophonist sought to change what he believed to be the public perception of jazz, a largely academic and overly intellectualized form of music devoid of the emotional themes that drive many other genres. As he explains in the original liner notes, jazz was seen as, an elite art form, reserved for a sophisticated intelligentsia who rendezvous in secret. With MoodSwing, Redman makes the case that jazz can be an accessible musical medium that could evoke basic and visceral emotional reactions.
From the playfully coy Chill to the urgent energy of Rejoice, Redman offers up a communicative and inspired record of emotional diversity. Joining him in this task was a young band of his peers, all of whom have since become established and esteemed figures in jazz. MoodSwing was one of the first exposures the jazz community had to young pianist Brad Mehldau, then beginning his career in Redmans quartet. Mehldau anchors these compositions behind Redmans lyrical playing, occasionally stepping out front to show his talents in The Oneness of Two and Past in the Present. The bands rhythm section has since been recognized as one of jazzs best, with Christian McBride on bass, and then little-known Brian Blade on the drums. As the follow-up to his breakout Wish, MoodSwing was universally praised by critics and enjoyed commercial success and many of these compositions are still featured in the saxophonists live sets today.
1. Sweet Sorrow
5. Alone in the Morning
8. The Oneness of Two
9. Past in the Present
11. Headin Home$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-7969xBrad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
Two 140-gram LPs Pressed At Pallas MFG In Diepholz, Germany
Includes CD Of The Album
Nonesuch Records releases the debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. The two have been performing for several years, including a brief US tour this fall and an ongoing European tour, with Mehldau playing Fender Rhodes and synthesizers and Guiliana on drums and effects, as they are on the record. Mehliana comprises 12 original tunes-six written by the duo and six written by Mehldau-and was engineered and mixed by Greg Koller (Jon Brion, Kanye West). The vinyl edition of the album includes two 140-gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.
Brad Mehldau played in a number of different ensembles, including label mate Joshua Redman's quartet, before becoming a bandleader himself in the 1990s. The Brad Mehldau Trio, which tours the world extensively, made eight acclaimed recordings for Warner Bros., including the five widely praised Art of the Trio albums with former drummer Jorge Rossy (released as a boxed set by Nonesuch in 2011). The pianist's nine years with Nonesuch have been equally productive, beginning with the solo disc Live in Tokyo and including six trio records Day Is Done, House on Hill, Live, Ode, and Where Do You Start, as well as a collaboration with soprano RenÉe Fleming, Love Sublime; a chamber ensemble album, Highway Rider; two collaborations with label mate Pat Metheny, Metheny Mehldau and Quartet, the latter of which also includes Trio members Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier; a CD/DVD set of live solo performances, Live in Marciac; and collaborations with genre-crossing musicians on Modern Music, with composer/pianist Kevin Hays and composer/arranger Patrick Zimmerli. Additionally, he produced saxophonist Joshua Redman's 2013 release Walking Shadows.
According to Modern Drummer, Mark Guiliana is "at the forefront of an exciting new style of drumming." The New Jersey native's unique and un-compromised approach to playing the drums has earned him international acclaim as both a leader and a sideman. In 2004, Guiliana created HEERNT, an "experimental-garage-jazz" trio based in New York. The band's debut record, Locked in a Basement, was called the record "the most exuberant, dramatic, beautiful, sassy, genre-busting little outing that I've heard since I don't know when" by legendary drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson). As a sideman, Guiliana's longest partnership has been with world-renowned jazz bassist Avishai Cohen. He toured all over the world with Cohen from 2003 until 2008, performing on six studio records and a live DVD recorded at the Blue Note in Manhattan. Guiliana has also recorded and/or performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Dhafer Youssef, Wayne Krantz, Matisyahu, Jazz Mandolin Project, Jason Lindner, Brad Shepik, Bobby McFerrin, Tigran Hamasyan, and many more. His debut solo record, Beat Music, which was co-produced by Ndegeocello, was released in the spring of 2013. Guiliana plays Gretsch drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drumheads.1. Taming the Dragon
3. You Can't Go Back Now
4. The Dreamer
5. Elegy for Amelia E.
6. Sleeping Giant
7. Hungry Ghost
9. Just Call Me Nige
10. Sassyassed Sassafrass
11. Swimming$29.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bach: Sonata and Partitas, Vol. 1Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile in 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. The album was produced by Thile's friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.
Thile explains his connection to the composer: "Bach was my first meaningful experience with-for lack of a better word-classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on."
He continues, "This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin-like, 'Oh boy, what fun, he's playing a weird instrument!' It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light.
Chris Thile, whom London's Independent calls "the most remarkable mandolinist in the world," is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring this summer with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year's The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013.
As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy-nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including BÉla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.
The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson said of Punch Brothers: "each musician has a deep command of his instrument their technique and specific sensibilities have given Punch Brothers a sound that is strikingly coherent and singular, even if they haven't yet settled on a genre Each of the musicians plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of." Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Who's Feeling Young Now?, was released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records.
Chris Thile, mandolin
Produced by Edgar Meyer
Recorded and Mixed by Richard King
Recorded January 12-17, 2013, at The Barn, Washington, MA
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland ME
Illustration by Oliver Jeffers
Design by Rory Jeffers
Photography by Ryan Mastro
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz1. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
2. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
3. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
4. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
5. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
6. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
7. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
8. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
9. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
11. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
12. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
13. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
14. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
15. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
16. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-5614xJoshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
NearnessNonesuch Records releases saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau's Nearness, a selection of duets recorded live during their recent European tour and the longtime friends' and collaborators' first duo album, on September 9, 2016. The vinyl edition of Nearness is on 2 140g LPs pressed at Record Industry in a single pocket jacket with insert.LP 1
2. Always August
3. In Walked Bud
4. Mehlsancholy Mode
1. The Nearness of You
2. Old West$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rising GraceWolfgang Muthspiel - whom The New Yorker has called "a shining light" among today's jazz guitarists - made his ECM leader debut in 2014 with the trio disc Driftwood, featuring him alongside two longtime colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. For his follow-up - Rising Grace - the Austrian guitarist has convened a very special quintet, adding jazz luminary Brad Mehldau on piano and the outstanding young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the subtly virtuosic Grenadier/Blade rhythm section.
Muthspiel moves between electric guitar and classically tinged acoustic six-string, his playing by turns grooving ("Boogaloo") and enchanting ("Rising Grace"). The lyrical flights of Akinmusire's trumpet and the probing improvisations of Mehldau run through Muthspiel's rich set of compositions like golden threads, the tracks including a warm tribute to a late, great ECM artist, Kenny Wheeler ("Den Wheeler, Den Kenny"). Rising Grace also includes a deeply melodious piece that Mehldau composed especially for the album, "Wolfgang's Waltz."
Wolfgang Muthspiel - Guitar
Ambrose Akinmusire - Trumpet
Brad Mehldau - Piano
Larry Grenadier - Double Bass
Brian Blade - Drums1. Rising Grace
2. Intensive Care
3. Triad Song
4. Father And Sun
5. Wolfgang's Waltz
8. Den Wheeler, Den Kenny
9. Ending Music
10. Oak$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AntifogmaticAntifogmatic, the follow-up to the Punch Brothers' 2008 debut, Punch, is a collaboratively written collection of songs from these five wily, omnivorous bluegrass titans, as the Village Voice has called them, a quintet that the Washington Post, in turn, has described as some of the best string pickers of the new generation.
Antifogmatic is seamlessly sequenced to display the collective imagination, the instrumental and vocal power, of the band: Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and fiddler Gabe Witcher. Though the quintet is now based in New York City, where they have an informal residency at Manhattan's The Living Room, they recorded and mixed the album at Hollywood's historic Ocean Way studio with iconoclastic producer Jon Brion (Brad Mehldau, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Kanye West) and engineer Greg Koller. Says Witcher, We knew we needed a producer equally as well-versed in pop and rock as in instrumental music, and I don't think there is anyone more able to capture and communicate the essence of this material than Jon Brion.
The arrangements on Antifogmatic range from intimate to boisterous and back; genre-wise, the band once again ventures where no string band has ever gone before. The spare opening track You Are contrasts percussive guitar riffs with lyrical string parts that dance around Thile's sweet upper register as he spins a tale of romantic emancipation; occasionally, the other instruments give way to reveal the throb of the bass. The band also engages in some unexpectedly beautiful harmony singing, smoothing out the compelling melodic twists and turns of Welcome Home. Me and Us and Woman and the Bell both have a dream-like quality; the former, in fact, was inspired by those jumbled, thought-filled moments before sleep sets in, and the instrumentation keeps pace with the ever-shifting imagery. In contrast, Don't Need No and Rye Whiskey are foot-stomping barroom boasts and Next to the Trash is the closest the band gets to traditional bluegrass, even as the lyrics tug the piece in a more surreal direction.1. You Are
2. Don't Need No
4. Rye Whiskey
5. Me and Us
7. The Woman and the Bell
8. Next to the Trash
9. Welcome Home
10. This Is The Song [Good Luck]$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Petra Goes To The MoviesPetra Haden's wondrous new album Petra Goes to the Movies offers a one of a kind opportunity to experience film scores in an extraordinary new way. Epic and evocative scores have been ingeniously recreated utilizing layers of remarkably inventive vocals. Far from a mere novelty, these interpretations retain all the emotional resonance of the originals. Out this January 22 via Anti-, Petra Goes to the Movies features Haden, a highly regarded session musician (Foo Fighters, Beck, the Decemberists) and former member of That Dog, delivering a cappella versions of scores from films such as Psycho, Rebel Without A Cause, Taxi Driver, Superman and more. Haden, who hails from a musical family that includes her father, distinguished jazz bassist Charlie Haden, has a history of working a capella; in 2005, at the suggestion of bassist Mike Watt, she recorded and released an a-cappella rendition of the Who's pop masterwork The Who Sell Out to widespread acclaim. Upon hearing the record, Pete Townshend telephoned Haden to enthusiastically thank her, proclaiming her version of his album "beautiful."
Petra Goes to the Movies is the culmination of Haden's lifelong love for both vocal interpretation and movie music: "The idea of interpreting music with my voice started when I was little," she explains. "I would hear music around the house and mimic the instruments with my voice. And I love movies but my favorite thing about them has always been the soundtracks. When people hear this record I want them to feel what I felt when I first saw the film, even if they've never seen it."
In addition to Haden's multi layered vocals, the record features notable guest appearances by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell.1. Rebel Without A Cause Main Title - Rebel Without A
2. God's Lonely Man - Taxi Driver
3. Cool Hand Luke Main Title - Cool Hand Luke
4. Cinema Paradiso - Cinema Paradiso
5. A Fistful Of Dollars Theme - A Fistful Of Dollars
6. Psycho Main Title - Psycho
7. Goldfinger Main Title - Goldfinger
8. Carlotta's Galop - 8 1/2
9. It Might Be You - Tootsie
10. The Planet Krypton - Superman
11. Superman Theme - Superman
12. My Bodyguard - My Bodyguard
13. Pascal's Waltz - Big Night
14. Calling You - Bagdad CafÉ
15. Hand Covers Bruise - The Social Network
16. This Is Not America - The Falcon and the Snowman$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TigerFace (Awaiting Repress)Over three previous studio albums, pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento has set forth a vision for instrumental music that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. On his fourth studio recording, 'Tigerface', the 34-year old artist takes the next step forward in this evolution. Benevento paints his songs in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering in acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards. The tunes themselves conceptualized from seemingly every wisp of melody, hook and cadence that s ever tickled his ear. The album was recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Fiona Apple) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family), while Benevento invited a stellar cast of musicians to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Bill Frisell, Pearl Jam), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Mike Gordon (Phish), violinist Ali Helnwein (Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness). For the first time on record he uses vocals, inviting Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) to sing on the infectious dance rock rave-up 'Limbs Of A Pine' and the pastoral psych rock meditation 'This Is How It Goes'. Other standouts include the angelic Arcade Fire meets The Flaming Lips anthem 'Eagle Rock', the soaring garage psychadelia of 'Going West', the piano riff rock jaunt 'Escape Horse', and the happily lilting 'Fireworks', which bounces along like a long lost Italian folk song beamed down to him by ancestors from his father s homeland. As anybody who's seen Benevento perform live can attest, the pianist eyes closed, smile wide across his face, fingers free-flowing across the keys is a satellite to the muse. 'Tigerface', indeed, is the commitment to this idea; a record that rides the yes wave and in the process becomes a soundtrack for fellow travelers chasing the horizon ahead.1. Limbs Of A Pine
2. This Is How It Goes
4. Going West
5. Eagle Rock
7. Do What She Told You
8. Escape Horse
10. This Is How It Goes (instrumental)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
FramesThe debut Brian Haas & Matt Chamberlain album Frames features 11 instrumental compositions that spiral through the tempered scale. A through-composed work for piano and percussion, it was written entirely by Haas, the internationally renowned pianist and founder of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Now based in Santa Fe, Haas wrote Frames as a suite, equally influenced by stride piano masters Earl Hines, James P. Johnson and Fats Waller; the early minimalist works of Philip Glass and Steve Reich; and the lush aesthetic of modernists James Blake, Flying Lotus and Nigel Godrich. The music is pastoral, intensely melodic and tells the story of an imagined human life.
"After several years of non-stop touring with my band Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey I felt completely drained," explains Haas. "I was pulled to move to the high desert and mountains of Sante Fe; the space/distance from the road, the unearthly view from my house and the strange hum of my new surroundings inspired this music. What started as an exercise in all 12 keys turned into Frames."
Brian Haas has recorded 21 albums and toured the world for two decades with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band he started while a student at The University of Tulsa. Grammy Award-winning drummer Matt Chamberlain is one of the most revered musicians of his time having toured and recorded with the likes of Brad Mehldau, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Critters Buggin, Tori Amos, Bill Frisell and Frank Ocean among others.1. Birth
2. Open Windows
3. Death: An Introduction
5. Of Many, One
8. Death: An Observation
9. Closing Window
10. An Empty House
11. From Nothing, Infinite$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Polka Dots & MoonbeamsImport
Limited direct metal mastered 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this album from the Jazz great.
With the passage of time, Bill Evans has become an entire school unto himself for pianists and a singular mood unto himself for listeners. There is no more influential jazz-oriented pianist -- only McCoy Tyner exerts nearly as much pull among younger players and journeymen -- and Evans has left his mark on such noted players as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau. Borrowing heavily from the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, Evans brought a new, introverted, relaxed, lyrical, European classical sensibility into jazz -- and that seems to have attracted a lot of young conservatory-trained pianists who follow his chord voicings to the letter in clubs and on stages everywhere. Indeed, classical pianists like Jean-Yves Thibaudet have recorded note-for-note transcriptions of Evans' performances, bringing out the direct lineage with classical composers. In interviews, Evans often stressed that pianists should thoroughly learn technique and harmony so that they can put their inspiration to maximum use. Since he already had those tools in hand, he worked very hard on his touch, getting the special, refined tone that he wanted out of a piano. He also tried to democratize the role of the bassist and drummer in his succession of piano trios, encouraging greater contrapuntal interplay.
- Richard S. Ginell (All Music Guide)1. Re: Person I Knew
2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
4. Stairway To The Stars
5. If You Could See Me Now
6. It Might As Well Be Spring
7. In Love In Vain
8. Very Early
9. Gymnopedie$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Bright MississippiThrough his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He has collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the Meters, the Pointer Sisters and Labelle and released acclaimed albums of his own. The 70 year-old pianist, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, was the recipient, on the recent Grammy Awards telecast, of the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustee Award, honoring a lifetime in the studio, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic.
On The Bright Mississippi, his Nonesuch debut, Toussaint continues to break new ground with his first jazz-oriented set, displaying the same effortless swing and relaxed charm he brought to his classic rock and roll sides. He salutes Big Easy stars of a previous generation, the jazz greats who, in the early 20th century, built the genre from the ground up and turned the ears of the world to New Orleans. Backed by an all-star combo that sounds like a group of old friends, Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes popularized or written by such New Orleans greats as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe King Oliver, as well as pieces composed by fellow travelers Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He accedes the producers chair to trusted friend Joe Henry, who sat behind the board for Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Records best-selling 2005 benefit release aiding hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Henry also produced The River In Reverse, Toussaint's 2006 post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello.
Henry assembled a decidedly non-traditional band of backing players for The Bright Mississippi, assuring a fresh take on such venerable tunes as West End Blues, St. James Infirmary, and Dear Old Southland. Joining Toussaint for four days of sessions at Manhattans Avatar Studio were guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant /Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips). Nonesuch label-mates Brad Mehldau (piano) and Joshua Redman (saxophone) stopped by for one tune each.It was wonderful, says Toussaint of these convivial sessions.
Everything is live, of course. This isn't the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality.LP 1
1. Egyptian Fantasy
2. A Dear Old Southland
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Singin the Blues
5. Winin Boy Blues
6. West End Blues
1. Blue Drag
2. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Day Dream
5. Long, Long Journey
6. Solitude$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Between The Needles And NightfallBetween The Needles And Nightfall was conceived at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY where engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family) tracked Marco Benevento and his trio over three days. To achieve the colors he envisioned, Benevento recorded on a baby grand piano bolstered by guitar pick-ups, amplifiers and a myriad of pedals and circuit bend toys, while overdubbing Moog, Optigan, Mellotron and Farfisa. He then transferred the tracks to his home studio, taking the next two months to cut, loop and shape the pieces into full-fledged songs.
For the final mixes, Benevento handed off his work to three of his favorite engineers: Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Eyvind Kang, Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins) and Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Kid Koala). The results range from the day-glo electro-rock of It Came From You to the simply-stated lullaby Illa Frost to the shimmering Arcade Fire-meets-Brad Mehldau anthem Two Of You.1. Greenpoint
2. Between The Needles
3. Two Of You
5. It Came From You
6. Ila Frost
8. You Know I'm No Good
9. Music Is Still Secret
10. Wolf Trap
11. Snow Lake$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
10 Years Solo Live (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)Nonesuch Records releases Brad Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live eight-LP vinyl box set October 16, 2015. The set is culled from 19 live recordings made over a decade of the pianist's European solo concerts and is divided into four thematic subsets of four sides each: Dark/Light, The Concert, Intermezzo/RÜckblick, and E Minor/E Major. 10 Years Solo Live will be released digitally and on CD the following month.
As Mehldau explains in his liner note for the album, Although it totals around 300 minutes, the order of songs is not arbitrary, and I have tried to tell a story from beginning to end in the way I've sequenced it. He continues, There is a theme and character given to each four-side set.
Of the Dark/Light theme, he says, In concerts, I find that I contrast dark and light emotional energies and highlight the way they depend on each other. Sides 1-4 focus on this dichotomy in pairs, beginning with the dark energy of Jeff Buckley's 'Dream Brother,' which is followed by the grace of Lennon/McCartney's 'Blackbird.' He further says, Although the songs on Sides 5-8 (The Concert) come from different concerts, on this set, I arranged them in a sequence similar to that I would perform in a single concert in 2010-11, he continues.
The third set could be thought of as Intermezzo and RÜckblick-like in character. I'm thinking of the penultimate movement of Brahms's Third Piano Sonata with that title. RÜckblick means a look backward, perhaps a reappraisal. Brahms's Intermezzo movement was a look back at what had taken place in his Sonata before moving to the final movement. Here, the listener is invited to look back to music that was recorded 10 or more years ago, in 2004 and 2005. Mehldau explains that his approach to the sequence of the fourth set is to focus on the rub between the keys of E minor and E major. I return to the theme of dark and light from the first set, now allowing the listener to focus on how 'dark' and 'light' might manifest in tonality.
Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace for 25 years, with his trio, with other collaborators, and as a solo pianist, building a large and loyal audience. It is actually strange, this whole business of performance. It is a direct, intense kind of empathy with a group of total strangers that lasts around 90 minutes. And then, it's over, and everyone goes home. I go back to a hotel room and go to bed, the pianist says in his10 Years Solo Livenote. Something happened, but what was most vital about it can't really be put in words. It is sweet, kind of bittersweet. In any case, it is not enough to say that the different audiences were important for the creation of this music. They were absolutely necessary; they were pivotal. Without those audiences, this music would not exist in the way it does.LP1
1. Dark / Light: Dream Brother (Jeff Buckley)
2. Dark / Light: Blackbird (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
3. Dark / Light: Jigsaw Falling into Place (Thom Yorke / Jonny Greenwood / Colin Greenwood / Phil Selway / Ed O'Brien)
4. Dark / Light: Meditate I - Lord Watch Over Me (Brad Mehldau)
1. Dark / Light: And I Love Her (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
2. Dark / Light: My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II)
3. Dark/Light: This Here (Bobby Timmons)
1. The Concert: Smells Like Teen Spirit (Kurt Cobain)
2. The Concert: Waltz for J. B. (Brad Mehldau)
3. The Concert: Get Happy (Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler)
4. The Concert: I'm Old Fashioned (Jerome Kern / Johnny Mercer)
1. The Concert: Teardrop (Grantley Marshall / Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles / Robert Del Naja / Elizabeth Fraser )
2. The Concert: Meditation II - Love Meditation (Brad Mehldau)
3. The Concert: Holland (Brad Mehldau)
4. The Concert: Knives Out (Thom Yorke / Jonny Greenwood / Colin Greenwood / Phil Selway / Ed O'Brien)
1. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Lost Chords (Brad Mehldau)
2. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Countdown (John Coltrane)
3. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: On the Street Where You Live (Frederick Loewe / Alan Jay Lerner)
4. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Think of One (Thelonious Monk)
1. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Zingaro/Paris (Antônio Carlos Jobim / Brad Mehldau)
2. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: John Boy (Brad Mehldau)
3. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Intermezzo in B-flat major, Op. 76: No. 4 (Johannes Brahms)
4. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Junk (Paul McCartney)
5. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Los Angeles II (Brad Mehldau)
6. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk)
7. Intermezzo / RÜckblick: Knives Out (Thom Yorke / Jonny Greenwood / Colin Greenwood / Phil Selway / Ed O'Brien)
1. E Minor / E Major: La MÉmoire et la Mer (Leo Ferre)
2. E Minor / E Major: Hey You (Roger Waters)
3. E Minor / E Major: Bittersweet Symphony / Waterloo Sunset (Richard Ashcroft / Keith Richards / Mick Jagger / Ray Davies)
4. E Minor / E Major: Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119: No. 2 (Johannes Brahms)
1. E Minor / E Major: Interstate Love Song (Eric Kretz / Robert DeLeo / Scott Weiland / Dean DeLeo)
2. E Minor / E Major: God Only Knows (Brian Wilson / Tony Asher)$149.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 8 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock