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For instance, if I play something that goes much longer than I originally intended, I will skip something else.
Brad Mehldau – The Art of Solo Piano
The challenge and the thrill are one and the same — there is no net; there is absolute freedom. Tell us about the concept behind the music scroll? This is the first scrolling score he made of my music, and since then, he has myy one for the scores of two more recent efforts of mine: Each solo record has been kind of a turning point for me — an end of one thing, and a beginning of something else.
It is the most related to where I am now as a solo player.
Live in Marciac is your third solo recording. I draw on a lot of classical music, pop and rock music, music from Brazil, and other stuff. Live In Marciac is the beginning of a freer approach, I would say, and maybe more ease and fluidity in a musical transcriptiom with several simultaneous voices.
I had the idea of maybe presenting transcriptiob in a scrolling format, as something that musicians, amateur or professional, might find interesting.
I have interviewed Brad many times over the years but this is the first time we focus exclusively on his approach to his solo work. The core of your playing successfully balances jazz and classical influences.
How do select what pop song to cover?
Throughout your career you have put your own spin on pop songs written by artists such as Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead, James Taylor and many others. Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of jazz. But I was going out for an encore and thought of it at the last moment, and it turned out to be for me anyways, one of the more compelling performances in the set — it had that story to it; it just kind of unfolded.
His breathtaking command of his instrument is undeniable. I listen to it for pleasure and enjoyment, and then a lot of it filters out in my playing.
Brad Mehldau – The Art of Solo Piano – Jazz Online
Tell us how it compares to your two previous solo recordings, Elegiac Cycle and Live in Tokyoboth personally and musically. Philippe Andre is the musician who made this transcription, and it was really fun to view that. Virtuosic pianist Brad Melhdau first made his mark in the jazz world in with his debut recording Introducing Brad Mehldau and then in the classical arena in with his release Love Sublime with vocalist Renee Fleming. That can be exciting and rewarding. I have several ideas before I go trajscription on the stage, and I usually stick to around half of them.
Jazz Online put a little jazz in your life. Can you describe how you negotiate between the two styles in your playing?
But mrhldau he is able to say musically as a soloist within the context of each song combined with his improvisations is simply masterful.
But there are also great things that have come out of the newer technology, and there was this opportunity to see and hear my music in a different way.
My Favourite Things (Brad Mehldau) Jazz transcription
Ultimately I think of myself as an improvising jazz musician at the end of the day, and one of my talents I guess is assimilating all of that written stuff and making it part of what I do. The challenge there though is to make something with integrity — something that has a story to tell. His blend of jazz and classical styles, the American Songbook, unique covers of pop tunes and originals all seamlessly blend into a fulfilling and varied musical experience.