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Elegiac Cycle. Brad Mehldau.

All musical analysis lies between description and prescription. 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: The fact that 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.

No CD is provided, but Mehldau’s recordings are widely available.

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. I had the idea of maybe presenting it in a scrolling format, as something that musicians, amateur or professional, might find interesting.

The core of your playing successfully balances jazz and classical influences. To consider jazz from any analytical perspective requires one to work from a transcription, a good transcription in itself being an analytical statement. 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.

Tell us how it compares to your two previous solo recordings, Elegiac Cycle and Live in Tokyoboth personally and musically. 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.


Though none of these types of analysis excludes it, few analysts have approached jazz. How do you approach selecting material to perform in a solo context? One fun surprise of this concert was “My Favorite Things. Updated and maintained by: I listen to it for pleasure and enjoyment, and then a lot of it filters out in my playing.

Throughout your career you have elegiqc your own spin on pop songs written by artists such as Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead, James Taylor and many others.

Tell us about the concept behind the music scroll? I draw on a lot of classical music, pop and rock music, music from Brazil, and other stuff. 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. I only play songs I love – whether it’s those ones you mention or Cole Porter or whoever.

Can you describe how you negotiate between the two styles in your playing? The challenge and the thrill are one and the same – there is no net; there is absolute freedom.

Philippe Andre is the musician who made this transcription, and it was really fun to view that. Commentary is printed in the form of a parallel text, French and English, more than fifty pages altogether. Analysis frequently forms part of any contemporary university course in music.

His breathtaking command of his instrument is undeniable.

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. Craig Anderson designed the music scroll mehldqu I’m very excited about it.

Particularly favoured during the last fifty years is the technique developed by the Austrian Heinrich Schenker Sometimes you find that and sometimes you don’t; sometimes you find it with no preparation or context at all and those moments are always great for me. There’s a good three centuries of stuff to check out – it’s endless. But I was going out for an encore and thought of it at the last moment, and it braf out to be for me anyways, one of the more compelling performances in the set – it had that story to it; cyce just kind of unfolded.


With classical music, there’s a written canon there – you can study those scores. And what variety we find: Few jazz educators value the types of analysis favoured by the establishment. One of the highlights featured on Live in Marciac is the performance of your original composition “Resignation. Tell us about the challenge and thrill of playing solo? Sometimes it will come in the form of themes that reappear in the different tunes I’m playing, or harmonic devices, or rhythmic motifs.

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. Live in Marciac is your third solo recording. There’s probably some sort of harkening back to childhood going on in my performance.

How do select what pop song to cover? That can be exciting and rewarding.

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When jazz musicians improvise in a group setting, they are often following some sort of schema – often it’s variations on the initial theme of whatever they are playing.

It’s not because they’re pop tunes, though – they’re brda what I think are good strong songs. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.