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.
My drummer obsession of 2012, Mark Guiliana just released an album of songs two years in the making, A Form of Truth. The album made up entirely of his own compositions is a self-released collection featuring world class talents that include the likes of guitarist Nir Felder, keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Me'Shell NdegéOcello, alto saxophonist Dave Binney, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and more. The album has a more fleshed out sound than Guiliana's previous release, the Beat Music EP of last year, that has a fullness to it that compliments the electronic, scattershot break beats that have become iconic in Guiliana's repertoire. It's definitely worth checking out and copping after the jump.
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.