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Brad Mehldau Trio - 'Seymour Reads the Constitution!'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The Brad Mehldau Trio -- Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums -- have not released an album together in four years, 2014's Blues and Ballads. You know how it goes-- artists create, move onto other ideas, take time creating on their own until the time is right to bring something just so to your usual collaborators. Sure, Mehldau spent the last four years vamping on Bach, jamming with a genius mandolin player, and playing a sideman, but there's just something so satisfying about hearing these three guys together again, jamming over original tunes, dazzling us with jazz standards, and playing rock covers in that model that we all know and love. Seymour Reads the Constitution! is certainly a return to form for these guys.

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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau - 's/t'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Mandolinist Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau have been playing together for a little while now. I got to see them play together in Austin back in 2013 and was certainly impressed, wondering why this hadn't happened before. To steal from my exposition of almost four years 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 [in 2012] 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." This same rationale still applies now with the release of their double album out now on Nonesuch.

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Mehliana - "Centinela" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Hopefully, you remember pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana's amazing Nonesuch album from last year, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. The explosive pairing made for some of the most interesting work either of them had made in their careers so far and it's still quite a fun listen. Back during the press cycle for the album's release, they released a group of videos recorded at Los Angeles' Largo back in October 2013 which we may have mentioned before. Apparently, they were holding back on us because today they just released the video for the song "Centinela", a composition that didn't even make the album. Watch the video, directed and recorded by Alex Chaloff like the other videos in this series, after the jump.

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Mehliana - "Sleeping Giant" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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).

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Mehliana - "Just Call Me Nige (Live)" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.