Brad Mehldau is definitely a ‘thinkers’ piano player, his solo work in very different from the way most Jazz pianists approach solo playing. In fact sometimes it doesn’t really feel much like jazz at all, and it doesn’t often swing either.
Nevertheless there’s lots of study – especially his oblique phrasing, rhythmic displacement and chord voicings, which offer a refreshing change to the type of things most of us piano players play. This sweet version of Secret Love is from this ‘Live In Marciac’ album.
- Secret Love (Live in Marciac) – PDF and reference MP3