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Review: Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile Live at Austin's Paramount, 4/20/2013

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

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.

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MEHLIANA - "Elegy for Amelia Earhart" (Stream)

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

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.

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Mehliana & Mehlthile

seb. & Anthony
Co-Founder & EiC
s.helary [at] nextbop.com & anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @nextbop

Forget morning radio, I can't think of a better way to wake up than with some more genius by the Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana duo This is just a taste of the tour the two will be on through Europe during the month of March. After that, Mehldau links up with mandolinist, MacArthur "genius" fellow, and leader of Punch Brothers Chris Thile for some U.S. dates. Check out pure dopeness and all the tour dates after the jump.

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Mehliana at Rockwood Music Hall (Video)

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

Hey, remember how psyched we all were to hear Brad Mehldau was going to be touring with drummer Mark Guiliana? Well, the internet has a slightly larger morsel of dopeness for us all to take in-- video from their October 24th gig at Rockwood Music Hall. Check out the electronic goodness and we'll have more about this pairing soon.

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Brad Mehldau Trio to Release 'Where Do You Start' September 18

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

In the ongoing adventures of Brad Mehldau pushing forward into new, interesting directions, his trio of Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums are about to release their second album this year, Where Do You Start, on the Nonesuch label on September 18th.