10 Years Solo Live

10 Years Solo Live

by Brad MehldauBrad Mehldau


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One of the most lauded jazz pianists of his generation, Brad Mehldau is a supremely gifted musician, known for his atmospheric and spare solo performances. 10 Years Solo Live presents an extensive collection of recordings handpicked by Mehldau and culled from at least 19 live concerts. These are solo shows Mehldau performed while on tour in Europe from 2004 to 2014. Clocking in at around 300 minutes and spread over four discs, these tracks are presented out of chronological order and with the intention of telling a story -- or at least taking the listener on a journey. Thankfully, whether you choose to engage this music by skipping around or listening straight through, there is much to enjoy. A true postmodernist, Mehldau's song choices run the gamut from well-worn standards ("My Favorite Things") to reworked alt-rock covers (Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song"), classical (Brahms' "Intermezzo B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4"), and his own expansive original compositions. Also included are such Mehldau concert staples as his landmark ruminative reworking of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and his similarly inspired mash-up of the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" and the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset." Elsewhere, we get languid, drawn-out jazz standards, such as his endlessly yearning, farsighted take on "On the Street Where You Live" and his delicately sweet, childlike interpretation of "I'm Old Fashioned." Adding to the sheer amount of music here are Mehldau's detailed liner notes in which he discusses his song choices, how he interprets a tune, and how he thinks of this material in retrospect. Mehldau is a philosopher and poet at his core, and this set finds him delving into some of his deeper inspirations, including reflections on God and musings about the contrast between light and dark, loud and soft, new and old. It's just the kind of intricate, deeply thoughtful writing one would expect from the man behind such intensely focused and beautifully crafted improvisations.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597950755
catalogNumber: 549103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad Mehldau   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jeff Buckley   Composer
Richard Ashcroft   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Dean DeLeo   Composer
Robert DeLeo   Composer
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Eric Kretz   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Brad Mehldau   Composer,Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Scott Weiland   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Paul Nickson   Engineer
Léo Ferré   Composer
Franck Malabry   Engineer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Sufjan Stevens   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer
Vincent Rousseau   Engineer
Russell Finch   Producer
P8 Jazz   Producer,Engineer
Xavier Prévost   Executive Producer

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