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Brad Mehldau: Ideology, Burgers and Beer

Brad Mehldau meditates on artistic principles-dogmatic and otherwise. When I was first living in New York in 1989, a bunch of us musicians used to … Read More "Brad Mehldau: Ideology, Burgers and Beer"

Brad Mehldau meditates on artistic principles-dogmatic and otherwise.

When I was first living in New York in 1989, a bunch of us musicians used to head over to the Corner Bistro in the West Village after the gig around 2:00 a.m. for their character-building half-pound burger and draft beer, accompanied to music from one of the best jazz jukeboxes in Manhattan. I think it was the drummer Joe Farnsworth who thought up a ridiculous but irresistible kind of word game that we often played there. The idea was to think of pairs of jazz musicians throughout history with the same first name or last name, pit them against each other and then pick the greater player.

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