Brad Mehldau's "Highway Rider" Among Jazzwise Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Wednesday December 01, 2010

From Nonesuch

Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider has made Jazzwise magazine’s list of the Top 10 Albums of the Year for 2010. The double CD of original work by Mehldau, released on Nonesuch in March, was produced by Jon Brion and features performances by Mehldau’s trio, drummer Matt Chamberlain, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and a chamber orchestra, with orchestrations by Mehldau. It comes in at No. 9 on the Jazzwise list, published in the latest issue of the magazine.

“Brad Mehldau doesn’t do things by halves,” writes Jazzwise’s Stephen Graham, who sees the new album as notable both for reuniting Mehldau and Brion for the first time since 2002’s highly successful Largo album and for “showing another side to the increasingly influential Mehldau.”

As Graham describes it, “Highway Rider shows the Brahmsian side of Mehldau leavened with a grasp of the folklore of The Road in American literature and music.” The album, he explains, “is an intriguing and even sentimental take on his notion of America.”

Read the entire article here