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Tuesday March 16, 2010

BBC Review
“The pianist’s latest is a concept album with an odyssey-like subtext.”

by Kevin Le Gendre

Such is the cult of the soloist in contemporary jazz that other elements of the creative equation are often overlooked. One is the sideman; the other is the producer. In the case of Highway Rider, the input of Jon Brion, in the latter role, is crucial insofar as he has made this latest release by Mehladu, the pianist greatly lauded by the critical establishment in the last 15 years, a work that stretches the artist’s conceptual scope without stifling his essence.

Read the entire review on BBC Music Online

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