Brad Mehldau is one of the world’s greatest jazz pianists. Turns out he’s also an amazing writer about the music as well. In this exclusive essay, Mehldau talks about the games critics and musicians play in order to defend their musical ideologies-dogmatic, illogical, brilliant or otherwise.
Think of him as R. Kelly for the professional, urban, adult-contemporary set (minus those pesky criminal charges). Or better yet, think of him as part of the lineage from Nat “King” Cole and Johnny Hartman. Will Downing is a romantic crooner, and Emotions is his latest audio take on love.
Best known for his cool drumming on Kind of Blue, Jimmy Cobb has been a first-call sideman for more than 50 years. For the first time in that long period, he’s regularly leading a group with his own name at the front. Ashley Kahn gets the story on Cobb’s Mob and their new CD, Cobb’s Groove.
Bill Frisell prefers to communicate through his guitar rather than his mouth. Lately he’s been speaking in tongues with musicians from around the world. Bill … Read More “Bill Frisell: Nothing to Talk About”