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Thursday May 16, 2019

From The Times

ALBUM REVIEW: JAZZ
Brad Mehldau: Finding Gabriel review
By: Chris Pearson

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The American pianist takes on the Bible and political turmoil in a warmly approachable album
Always somewhat cerebral, Brad Mehldau has entered especially intellectual territory lately. The American jazz pianist, one of the best alive, last year reworked Bach and in March unveiled his Piano Concerto at the Barbican. Now he takes on the Bible, using it as a prism through which to examine our present political turmoil. He plays an array of keyboards and deploys wordless voices and strings.

Still reading? Good, for this is a warmly approachable album. The ten originals are melodious and the soundscapes built around them serene and stimulating.

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