The last time Brad Mehldau played electric as a leader was 2014’s Mehliana: Taming the Dragon alongside drummer Mark Guiliana. That album was dope, weird, with a full, rich sound for such a simple affair. Now, five years later, Mehldau is back with Guiliana again and this time with a heck of a lot more folks in tow for a new electric endeavor, Finding Gabriel, out May 17th on Nonesuch. It’s an album using density to find the truth in its midst, some real Old Testament stuff. There’s a lot going on and it’s all pretty great, like in the lead single, “The Garden” featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Becca Stevens, Joel Frahm, and more. Check out the video after the jump.
Becca Stevens: voice
Gabriel Kahane: voice
Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet, solo
Michael Thomas: flute, alto sax
Charles Pillow: soprano sax, alto sax, bass clarinet
Joel Frahm: tenor sax
Chris Cheek: tenor sax, baritone sax
Brad Mehldau: OB-6 Polyphonic synthesizer, Therevox, Moog Little Phatty synthesizer, Steinway C grand piano, voice
Mark Guiliana: drums
Artwork by Dima Drjuchin
Animated by Robert Edridge-Waks
Finding Gabriel, the new album from pianist/keyboardist Brad Mehldau is out May 17th on Nonesuch Records. It’s available for pre-order now.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.