All About Jazz Review: Mehliana - Taming the Dragon

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Wednesday March 12, 2014


Brad Mehldau / Mark Guiliana: Mehliana – Taming The Dragon
By: John Kelman

First impressions shouldn’t necessarily be the lasting ones. Despite, according to the press sheet, having played together for several years, ├╝ber-pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana only began touring as Mehliana in 2013, and one of the heavily electronic duo’s early performances at the 40th Vossa Jazz Festival in Voss, Norway was, sadly, eminently forgettable. But a year has passed and, in the interim, the duo has clocked a lot of road time, and with the released of Taming the Dragon, it’s a pleasure to report that plenty has changed since that Vossa Jazz date…and all for the better. Much, much better.

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