Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau - cover.jpg
Studio album by Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau
Released January 27, 2017
Recorded December 30, 2015, January 2–3, 2016
Studio Avatar Studios, New York City, U.S.
Length 1:03:25
Label Nonesuch
Producer Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau chronology
Blues and Ballads
(2012–14)
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
(2015–16)
After Bach
(2017)

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is an album by Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau. It was released by Nonesuch Records on January 27, 2017.

Background[edit]

Mandolinist and vocalist Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau first played together in 2011 when Mehldau had a residency at London's Wigmore Hall.[1] Their first tour as a duo was two years later.[1] They performed together again in 2015, after which they recorded this studio album.[1]

Music and recording[edit]

The album contains a mix of originals and covers. The latter "include Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright', Joni Mitchell's 'Marcie', Elliott Smith's 'Independence Day' as well as a composition by late 16th /early 17th century Irish harpist and composer Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin".[1]

Thile's singing covers a range of effects, including "invoking an ethereal falsetto, the imploring call of a '50s teenage crooner, a nasal Dylanesque snarl, or a rural bluesman's grouchy defiance".[2]

The music was recorded in Avatar Studios in New York City on December 30, 2015 and January 2–3, 2016.[3] The album was released by Nonesuch Records on January 27, 2017. It is available as two CDs, two LPs, or as a download.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
The Irish Times5/5 stars[6]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[7]
The Times4/5 stars[8]
PopMatters7/10[9]
The Australian4.5/5 stars[10]
Glide Magazine8/10[11]

The Irish Times' reviewer commented that the songs on the album "dig down into the roots of American music, touching the common ancestry of jazz and country but coming up fresh and turned boldly to the post-genre future".[6]

Lloyd Sachs of JazzTimes stated "...this 64-minute, two-CD set is so idiosyncratic in its selection and treatment of material, it’s difficult to compare it to anything else... Throughout, the duo exploits the close relationship between keys and strings, achieving a seamless oneness on tunes such as Mehldau’s sprightly “Tallahassee Junction.” In exploring the world of Americana, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is sometimes cozy, sometimes haunting and sometimes, unexpectedly, both".[12]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "The Old Shade Tree" (Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile) – 6:26
  2. "Tallahassee Junction" (Mehldau) – 5:54
  3. "Scarlet Town" (David Rawlings, Gillian Welch) – 6:03
  4. "I Cover the Waterfront" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 7:00
  5. "Independence Day" (Elliott Smith) – 3:10
  6. "Noise Machine" (Thile) – 4:50
Disc 2
  1. "The Watcher" (Mehldau) – 5:27
  2. "Daughter of Eve" (Thile) – 8:58
  3. "Marcie" (Joni Mitchell) – 4:50
  4. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (Bob Dylan) – 6:02
  5. "Tabhair dom do Lámh" (Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin) – 4:19

LP bonus track: "Fast As You Can" (Fiona Apple) – 6:07

Source:[3]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 110
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 133
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 83
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Bluegrass Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gallacher, Alex (November 16, 2016) "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Announce Album". Folk and Roots Music Webzine.
  2. ^ a b Fordham, John (January 26, 2017) "Thile/Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Review – Remarkable Rapport as Bluegrass Meets Jazz". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Chris Thile + Brad Mehldau". Nonesuch Records. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nonesuch Releases Duo Album from Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau 1/27" (November 15, 2016). Glide Magazine.
  5. ^ "CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU by Chris Thile". Metacritic. metacritic.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Larkin, Cormac (January 26, 2017) "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Album Review: A Meeting of Masterly Minds". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ Collar, Matt. "Chris Thile / Brad Mehldau Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau". Allmusic. allmusic.com. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Bungey, John (January 27, 2017). "Jazz: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau". The Times. thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  9. ^ CONATON, CHRIS (1 February 2017). "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau". PopMatters. popmatters.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  10. ^ Hillier, Tony (4 February 2017). "Reviews: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau; Ponce guitar sonatas; Morten Schantz". The Australian. theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  11. ^ Collette, Doug (January 27, 2017). "CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU OFFER ALL ENGROSSING 70 MINUTE COLLABORATIVE LP (ALBUM REVIEW)". Glide Magazine. glidemagazine.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  12. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (2 June 2017). "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau (Nonesuch)". JazzTimes. jazztimes.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 24 March 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  17. ^ "Brad Mehldau Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Brad Mehldau Chart History (Top Bluegrass Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.