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Brad Mehldau Premieres "Highway Rider" with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Brad Mehldau Premieres

Brad Mehldau's Highway Rider receives its world premiere performance tonight and Saturday at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. Mehldau will perform with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier, Joshua Redman, and Matt Chamberlain. "Mehldau has built a career on mixing musical styles and influences into something celebrated as distinctly original," says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He has put that aesthetic to particular work in his newest album Highway Rider, a piece that flexes Mehldau's composing muscles as much as it does his jazz piano acumen." The New York Times calls it " this year’s most luxurious jazz release.

Scratching Under the Vinyl Era

Warner Music

The New York Times writes,

"Warner Music Group is undertaking an ambitious project to inspect and catalogue the contents of the company’s nearly 100,000 boxes from warehouses around the globe, whose accumulated photographs and other memorabilia track popular music from the Edwardian and Victorian ages to disco and jazz, from Beethoven to Miles Davis."

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One of Those Fabulous Flights

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

The wsj.com writes,

You can go anywhere in the world, the saying goes, and if you can find yourself a nice, classy place where civilized people are gathered, it's a sure bet you will hear a Frank Sinatra song. It doesn't matter what language is spoken. Everybody understands at least a line or two of Lingua Frank, and who knows how many have ditched their Berlitz tapes to instead tackle English to the immaculate phrasing of "Time After Time" or "Young at Heart"?

Kenny Wheeler: quiet man on the cutting edge

Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler

The guardian.co.uk writes,

"Sad songs have always made Kenny Wheeler happy. His pieces often sound like backdrops to movies in which women throwing Mona Lisa smiles over their shoulders vanish into mists, or estranged lovers exchange lingering glances. He isn't given to analysis of why this bittersweet music so fascinates audiences and his fellow jazz musicians – even in a business of few words, Wheeler is legendarily shy – but around his 80th birthday last January he unwound enough to tell me: "What I like doing best is writing sad tunes, and then letting wonderful musicians destroy them. I don't want the players to try to interpret what they think I'm feeling."

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