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Tuesday March 12, 2013

from ft.com

Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana, Village Underground, London
By: Mike Hobart

Brad Mehldau’s recent projects range from solo piano recitals to orchestral showcases, but it is a series of intimate, genre-blending duets that have proved to be the most intriguing. These include opera with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, bluegrass with mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and chamber music with fellow pianist Kevin Hays – the two Americans’ jazz/classical duet briefly toured the UK only last month. In each setting, Mehldau has shown an extraordinary sensitivity to his collaborator’s oeuvre without over-imposing his will or losing his identity.

This gig, billed as Mehliana, took on dance music in an equal-partners duet with the similarly jazz-rooted and open-minded drummer/programmer Mark Guiliana. Mehldau’s spidery lines and winsome melodies were delivered by keyboards and synths, snaking through the distant echoes of dub, electro and buzzsaw funk, much of it his own making.

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