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One could write a substantial thesis about published jazz transcriptions, to consider their use and misuse, their history, the elfgiac of them, and the quality of what is published and available, the good, the bad and the inaccurate.

Interview With Brad Mehldau on the Art of Solo Piano

Search this site Loading. His breathtaking command of his instrument is undeniable. The transcriptions are given in full notation, on two staves, with no chord symbols.

That can be exciting and rewarding. Tell us how it compares to your two previous solo recordings, Elegiac Cycle and Live in Tokyoboth personally and musically. Of course, one could simply enjoy playing, or attempting to play, the transcriptions. One fun surprise of this concert was “My Favorite Things. In all that, as I’m going along, there is some sort of abstract narrative that presents itself in a concert – I don’t know how else to put it.

Craig Anderson designed the music scroll and I’m very excited about it. All musical analysis lies between description and prescription. How do you approach selecting material to perform in a solo context? I have several ideas before I go out on the stage, and I usually stick to around half of them. With classical music, there’s a written canon there – you can study those scores. That presents itself in the act of playing; it’s not something that is planned out.

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.

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The fact brac many types of analysis exist gives us the hint that no single analytical process prevails, though by the s Schenkerian Analysis had become one of the main methods taught by progressive North American music colleges and university music departments. The group’s ongoing series of recordings which started in and aptly titled The Art of the Trio is an impressive body of work that is still evolving and has become the benchmark of excellence for any working jazz group. The conceptual unity of Elegiac Cycle is described as being ‘distilled in the themes of different tracks.

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. But what he is able to say musically as a soloist within the context of each song combined with his improvisations is simply masterful.

Mehldau is a dazzling and brilliant player who maintains one of the finest trios in all of jazz. Though none flegiac these types of analysis excludes it, few analysts have approached jazz.

When you get some creative guys like Craig, ttanscription can put that technology to use, it can be in the service of what you’re expressing. Few jazz educators value the types of analysis favoured by the establishment.

Live in Marciac is your third solo recording. The challenge and the thrill are one and elegic same – there is no net; there is absolute freedom. The core of your playing successfully balances jazz and classical influences. 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.

Elegiac Cycle – Wikipedia

It’s not because they’re pop tunes, though – they’re just what I think are good strong songs. I draw on a lot of classical music, pop and rock music, music from Brazil, and other stuff.


So you might take that approach, but you might decide to chuck it out at a certain point and go off on a tangent that doesn’t formally adhere to what you’ve just been doing. Tell us about the concept behind the music scroll?

Elegiac Cycle. Brad Mehldau.

How do select what pop song to cover? Here it refers to a musical anagram, a play on the transctiption of Mehldau’s first name. I have interviewed Brad many times over the years but mehlxau is the first time we focus exclusively on his approach to his solo work. Updated and maintained by: This is the first scrolling score he made of my music, and since then, he has made one for the scores of two more recent efforts of mine: There’s probably some sort of harkening back to childhood going on in my performance.

The pieces are all constructed on the basis of two very short melodic motifs.

Virtuosic pianist Transcriptino 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. Tell us about the challenge and thrill of playing solo? I had the idea of maybe presenting it in a scrolling format, as something that musicians, amateur or professional, might find interesting.

To consider jazz from any analytical perspective requires one to work from a transcription, a good transcription in itself being an analytical statement.

Today, the predominance of the Schenkerian approach, and its use as a sort of senior common-room badge of withitry, is in decline. One of the highlights featured on Live in Marciac is the performance of your original composition “Resignation. And what ccycle we find: Can you mehleau how you negotiate between the two styles in your playing?