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Tuesday March 01, 2011

From the New York Times

Pianists, Yes, but a Jazz Singer and Deep Metal, Too
By Nate Chinen

BRAD MEHLDAU is a jazz pianist enamored of many kinds of music, as his recent albums make clear. “Live in Marciac,” his new album and concert film on Nonesuch (two CDs, one DVD), chronicles a recent solo piano concert, with his originals brushing up against songs by Radiohead, Nirvana and the Beatles. His previous Nonesuch album, “Highway Rider,” was a jazz-rock-classical hybrid that featured his writing for a string orchestra. Mr. Mehldau spoke with Nate Chinen a few days before performing with the Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter at Carnegie Hall, where he currently holds the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair.

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