|Birth name||Bradford Alexander Mehldau|
|Born||August 23, 1970|
|Origin||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Associated acts||Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Chris Thile|
Bradford Alexander "Brad" Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist.
Mehldau has led the Brad Mehldau Trio since the mid 1990s. The group features bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. Mehldau has also performed with many renowned artists, including Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Peter Bernstein, Christian McBride, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Brian Blade, Jimmy Cobb, classical vocalists Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter, and singer-songwriters Chris Thile, John Mayer and Elliott Smith.
Mehldau was born in 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. His family moved to Connecticut where Mehldau spent most of his childhood and high school. He attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford and participated in Hall's prestigious jazz program. While a sophomore in high school, he won Berklee College's Best All-Around Musician Award. Mehldau moved to New York in 1988 to study jazz at The New School, studying under Fred Hersch, Junior Mance and Kenny Werner.
Mehldau went on to play as sideman with a variety of musicians, most notably with the Joshua Redman Quartet featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Mehldau formed his own trio in 1994, with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, and later Jeff Ballard, who succeeded Rossy in 2005. In addition to his trio work, Mehldau collaborated with guitarist Pat Metheny, releasing two albums with him and embarking on a worldwide tour along with Grenadier and Ballard. In 2012, Mehldau joined drummer Mark Guiliana for a synthesizer-oriented duo project called "Mehliana", and launched a tour in 2013, alternating performances with another duo project of Mehldau's featuring Chris Thile.
Recording primarily for Nonesuch Records, Mehldau plays original compositions, jazz standards and jazz arrangements of popular music, especially rock music. With his trio, he has recorded arrangements of the music of Nick Drake, the Beatles, Radiohead and Paul Simon among others, and recorded Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" on his 2008 album, Live. Mehldau has also expressed an interest in and knowledge of philosophy, in particular of music and art.
Mehldau cites Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jesse Davis, David Sánchez and the other members of his own trio as influences. He implements his classical training by often playing a separate melody with each hand in unusual rhythmic meters. For example, he plays his arrangement of Jerome Kern's standard "All the Things You Are" on Art of the Trio, Vol. IV in A major (a half-step up from the original key, A-flat major) played in 7/4 time. On Day Is Done, he also plays Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" in 7/4. Another of Mehldau's signature techniques is to create an ostinato in his right hand whilst developing a motivic idea in his left hand (e.g. on Live in Tokyo, during the last three minutes of "Someone to Watch Over Me", where he keeps a constant A pedal).
- Introducing Brad Mehldau (1995, Warner)
- The Art of the Trio, Vol. I (1997, Warner)
- The Art of the Trio, Vol. II — Live at the Village Vanguard (1997, Warner)
- The Art of the Trio, Vol. III — Songs (1998, Warner)
- Elegiac Cycle (1999, Warner)
- The Art of the Trio, Vol. IV — Back at the Vanguard (1999, Warner)
- Places (2000, Warner)
- Deregulating Jazz (limited edition) (trio) (2000, Warner)
- The Art of the Trio, Vol. V — Progression (2001, Warner)
- Largo (2002, Nonesuch)
- Anything Goes (2004, Warner)
- Solo Piano — Live in Tokyo (2004, Nonesuch)
- Day Is Done (trio) (2005, Nonesuch)
- House on Hill (trio) (2006, Nonesuch)
- Live (trio) (2008, Nonesuch)
- Highway Rider (2010, Nonesuch)
- Live in Marciac (solo) (2011, 2CD+DVD, Nonesuch)
- Ode (trio) (2012, Nonesuch)
- Where Do You Start (trio) (2012, Nonesuch)
- with Jordi Rossy, Mario Rossy, Perico Sambeat: New York-Barcelona Crossing, Volumen 1 (1993, FSNT)
- with Rossy, Rossy, Sambeat: New York-Barcelona Crossing, Volumen 2 (1993, FSNT)
- with Rossy Trio: When I Fall in Love (1993, FSNT)
- with MTB (Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein, Larry Grenadier, Leon Parker): Consenting Adults (1994, Criss Cross Jazz)
- with Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden: Alone Together (1997, Blue Note)
- with Konitz and Haden: Another Shade of Blue (1999, Blue Note)
- with Fleurine: Close Enough for Love (1999, EmArcy)
- with Joel Frahm: Don't Explain (2004, Palmetto)
- with Renée Fleming: Love Sublime (2006, Nonesuch)
- with Pat Metheny: Metheny/Mehldau (2006, Nonesuch)
- with Metheny, Grenadier, Ballard: Metheny/Mehldau Quartet (2007, Nonesuch)
- with Anne Sofie von Otter: Love Songs (2010, Naïve)
- with Konitz, Haden and Paul Motian: Live at Birdland (2011, ECM)
- with Kevin Hays, (composed and arranged by) Patrick Zimmerli: Modern Music (2011, Nonesuch)
- Allen Mezquida: A Good Thing (1992, Koch Jazz)
- Grant Stewart: Downtown Sounds (1992, Criss Cross Jazz)
- Joshua Redman: Moodswing (1994, Warner)
- Chris Potter: Moving In (1996, Concord)
- Joshua Redman: Timeless Tales for Changing Times (1998, Warner)
- Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues (1998, Atlantic)
- Chris Cheek: Vine (1999, FSNT)
- Charles Lloyd: The Water Is Wide (2000, ECM)
- Charles Lloyd: Hyperion with Higgins (2001, ECM)
- John Scofield: Works for Me (2001, Verve)
- Charlie Haden with Michael Brecker: American Dreams (2002, Verve)
- Walt Weiskopf: Man of Many Colors (2002, Criss Cross Jazz)
- Perico Sambeat: Friendship (2003, Act)
- Wayne Shorter: Alegría (2003, Verve)
- Darek Oleszkiewicz: Like a Dream (2004, CryptoGramophone)
- Kurt Rosenwinkel: Deep Song (2005, Verve)
- Chris Cheek: Blues Cruise (2005, FSNT)
- Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage (2006, Telarc)
- Harvey Mason: With All My Heart (2004, Bluebird) for one track
- Fleurine: San Francisco (2008, Sunny Side)
- Joe Martin: Not by Chance (2009, Anzic)
- Eli Degibri: Israeli Song (2010, Anzic)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Space Cowboys (2000)
- Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
- Ma femme est une actrice (2001)
- Unfaithful (2002)
- Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2004)
- The Lake House (2006) "When It Rains" and "Young at Heart"
TV appearances as performer
- "Brad Mehldau Trio". Nonesuch Records. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Ginell, Richard. "Brad Mehldau". All Music. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Evans-Darby, Sally. "Brad Mehldau to tour the UK 2013". Jazz Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "MEHLIANA featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana". International Music Network. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "Brad Mehldau Launches Mehliana Tour with Drummer Mark Guiliana; Dates to Follow with Chris Thile". Nonesuch Records. March 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- Brannon, Mike. "Brad Mehldau's Opening, Middle and Endgame". Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- Chinen, Nate (January/February 2005). "Brad Mehldau: Anything Goes". JazzTimes. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- "Fleurine – biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- "German ECHO JAZZ 2013 Winners Announced". Londonj Jazz News. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
- AllMusic. "Deregulating Jazz". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- Discogs. "Deregulating Jazz". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Brad Mehldau". Solosjazz.com. 1970-08-23. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Official Brad Mehldau Web Site
- Official German Homepage, Warner Music Group
- Review of Brad Mehldau's concert in Prague
- Interview about Nick Drake with performance
- "Twelve Essential Brad Mehldau Performances" by Ted Gioia from www.jazz.com
- Review of the Brad Mehldau Trio's 2008 album, "Live"