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Mehliana: Taming The Dragon

Mehliana: Taming The Dragon by Brad Mehldau
Released: Feb 2014
Label: Nonesuch
In which Brad Mehldau lets loose the fusion monster within. The freewheeling air is established on the opener, where the pianist kicks things off by telling you about a trippy dream he had. If that sounds like a deal breaker, wait until Mehldau's narration is interrupted by the muscular electro-funk he creates with drummer Mark Guiliana. The best tracks are the ones the duo wrote together -- like "Luxe," "You Can't Go Back Now" and "Just Call Me Nige" -- in which Guiliana's acoustic drums and digital drumheads guide the pieces as much as Mehldau's imagination on all sorts of keyboards.
Seth Colter Walls