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Brad Mehldau: Live in Tokyo

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Few pianists can match Brad Mehldau when it comes to cross-fertilizing jazz, classical and rock. The same applies for technique, taste and intellectual curiosity. All of those qualities are on display in Mehldau’s latest CD-his second solo disc and the first recording for his new label, the appropriately eclectic Nonesuch.

“Someone to Watch Over Me” and “How Long Has This Been Going On?” are mined from the Gershwin songbook, and a nearly three-minute track, “Intro,” precedes the former; it’s a series of ruminations in the key of A, containing hints of “Someone.” When the ballad finally begins, it remains in A, as far as one can get from the tune’s original key of E-flat. It is a slow, lovely version, built mostly over a pedal point on the root tone.

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