Brad Mehldau’s ‘Largo’

Brad Mehldau’s ‘Largo’ is an album produced By Jon Brion and released on August 13, 2002 by Warner Bros.

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Track Listing : 1.When It Rains (Brad Mehldau) – 06:36 . 2.You’Re Vibing Me (Brad Mehldau) – 03:28 . 3.Dusty Mcnugget (Brad Mehldau) – 05:43 . 4.Dropjes (Jon Brion, Matt Chamberlain, Brad Mehldau, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Darek Oleszkiewicz) – 03:58 . 5.Paranoid Android (Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke) – 09:05 . 6.Franklin Avenue (Brad Mehldau) – 03:42 . 7.Sabbath (Brad Mehldau) – 04:42 . 8.Dear Prudence (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 05:22 . 9.Free Willy (Mehldau, Chamberlain, Larry Grenadier, Jorge Rossy) – 05:05 . 10.Alvarado (Brad Mehldau) – 04:00 . 11.Wave/Mother Nature’S Son (Antônio Carlos Jobim/Lennon, Mccartney) – 06:28 . 12.I Do (Brad Mehldau) – 07:17

Musicians : Brad Mehldau – Piano, Vibes, Prepared Piano . Larry Grenadier – Bass On (1 – 2 – 9) . Darek Oleszkiewicz – Bass On (2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 11) . Matt Chamberlain – Drums, Percussion, Tabla On (1-11) . Jim Keltner – Drums, Snare Drum, Vibraphone On (2 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 10) . Victor Indrizzo – Drums, Percussion On (4 – 10 – 11) . Jorge Rossy – Drums, Percussion On (2 – 9) . Jon Brion – Guitar Synthesizer, Guitar Treatments, Percussion On (4 – 5 – 11) . Justin Meldal-Johnsen – Electric Bass On (4 – 10 – 11) . Peter Mandell – Bassoon On (1 – 12) . Rose Corrigan – Bassoon On (1 – 12) . Emile Bernstein – Clarinet On (1 – 12) . Gary Gray – Clarinet On (1 – 12) . David Shostac – Flute On (1 – 12) . Steve Kujala – Flute On (1 – 12) . Earle Dumler – Oboe On (1 – 12) . Jon Clark – Oboe On (1 – 12) . Daniel Kelley – French Horn On (3 – 6) . Philip Yao – French Horn On (3 – 6) . William Reichenbach – Trombone On (3 – 6) . George B. Thatcher – Bass Trombone On (3 – 6)

Production : Produced By Jon Brion . Teve Genewick – Assistant Engineer . Tom Miller – Engineer . Steve Mixdorf – Assistant Engineer . Thomas Pasatieri – Orchestration . Oug Sax – Mastering

Package : Lawrence Azerrad – Art Direction Robert Hadley – Mastering

Recorded April 2-8, 2002 At Studio B, Capitol Recording Studios In Hollywood, California.

Released On August 13, 2002 By Warner Bros..

Brad Mehldau

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BBC
Pianist Mehldau finds himself in the studio with a rock producer and a whole 6 days of…Mehldau’s covered the Oxford prog existentialists before and here transforms the tune into a mini suite, opening with an extended episode of edgy gamelan funk before picking out the aching melody in Satie-esque fashion over a brooding backdrop of horns. Lovely, though whether Radiohead fans will think so is a moot point. […]

JazzTimes
Brion may have tied Mehldau’s left hand behind his back during the sessions to force him to cut back, though it’s more likely the pianist’s style change came from not wanting to crowd the already busy sound with unnecessary augmentations and suspensions. […]

PopMatters
Because Mehldau’s expertise is never less than assured,Largo is less of a gamble than it initially appears. There are some lapses in taste (“Sabbath” is the most horrible thing I’ve heard all year). Nonetheless, Mehldau hits home far more than he misses. […]

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