Brad Mehldau

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Bradford Alexander "Brad" Mehldau (/ˈmɛlˌdaʊ/; born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.

Mehldau studied music at The New School, and toured and recorded while still a student. He was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman's Quartet with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in the mid-1990s, and has led his own trio since at least 1992. His first long-term trio featured bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; in 2005 Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy. These bands have released a dozen albums under the pianist's name.

Since the early 2000s Mehldau has experimented with other musical formats in addition to trio and solo piano. Largo, released in 2002, contains electronics and input from rock and classical musicians; later examples include touring and recording with guitarist Pat Metheny, writing and playing song cycles for classical singers Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter, composing orchestral pieces for 2009's Highway Rider, and playing electronic keyboard instruments in a duo with drummer Mark Guiliana.

Aspects of pop, rock, and classical music, including German Romanticism, have been absorbed into Mehldau's writing and playing. Through his use of some traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them, simultaneous playing of different melodies in separate hands, and incorporation of pop and rock pieces, Mehldau has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Introducing Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau 1
1997 The Art of the Trio, Volume 1 Brad Mehldau 2
1999 Elegiac Cycle Brad Mehldau 2
2000 Places Brad Mehldau 1
2002 Largo Brad Mehldau 5 2
2002 American Dreams Charlie Haden with Michael Brecker feat. Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade 1
2006 Love Sublime Brad Mehldau & Renée Fleming 1
2006 Metheny Mehldau Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau 5 1
2010 Highway Rider Brad Mehldau 1
2010 Love Songs Anne Sofie von Otter & Brad Mehldau 1
2011 Modern Music Brad Mehldau & Kevin Hays 1
2014 Mehliana: Taming the Dragon Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana 1
Don't Explain Joel Frahm and Brad Mehldau 1
New York - Barcelona Crossing, Volume 1 Brad Mehldau 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Alone Together Live Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz & Brad Mehldau 1
2004 Live in Tokyo Live Brad Mehldau 2
2011 Live in Marciac Live Brad Mehldau 1
2011 Live at Birdland Live Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Ma femme est une actrice Soundtrack Brad Mehldau 2

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