The folks at Nonesuch Records really know how to tease out material because they're steadily dropping these videos one by one of the duo of Brad Mehldau on keyboards and Mark Guiliana on drums from their performance at Los Angeles' Largo from October of last year. The latest video of the pair performing "Sleeping Giant" comes just in time for the release of their new album, Taming the Dragon. Watch the video after the jump (and maybe catch the previous videos for "Just Call Me Nige" and "Hungry Ghost", if you haven't already).
The superduo of Brad Mehldau, likely one of the most influential jazz pianists of our time, and Mark Guiliana, hands down one of the best drummers around, are soon to release their new album, Taming the Dragon, February 15 on the Nonesuch label. The album marks new territory for Mehldau who spent much of last year touring with Guiliana while playing assorted keyboards and exploring new sounds, and the two certainly sound comfortable together. It's a pairing that makes a whole lot of sense and makes the anticipation for the album all the stronger. To get a taste of what this is all about, check out the new video of Mehliana performing "Just Call Me Nige" live at Los Angeles' famed Largo back in October of last year after the jump.
While things have been extraordinarily busy with pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana, the pair have still done quite a bit of touring together as the duo Mehliana in the last year, a pairing that has allowed Mehldau to branch out into an electric direction musically which is relatively new ground for the famed piano player. This work together and extensive touring has all been leading up to the release of an album to release early next year on Nonesuch Records. The duo just released a new track, "Hungry Ghost", on the Nonesuch Soundcloud page. Give it a spin or four and check out their upcoming US and European tour dates throughout October and November after the jump.
The whole time pianist Brad Mehldau and mandolinist & singer Chris Thile took the stage of Austin's Paramount Theater, one couldn't help but wonder why this hadn't happened long ago. The master piano player, known worldwide as a game changer in the jazz genre, seemed the perfect fit for the man recognized by the nebulous MacArthur Foundation this past year for stretching the boundaries of bluegrass music. Thile always had a jazz sound to his frenetic, mellifluous style of plucking and Mehldau always had a little bit of everything else. For the last date on their duo tour together before parting ways this past Saturday, April 20, this pair proved they are a perfect match.
The meeting of the world class talents that is pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana has been steadily sweeping through Europe. Check out a recording of the pair during a March date in London at Underground and get hype about a possible album from these two later this fall.