Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau - Long Ago And Far Away (2018) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau
Title: Long Ago And Far Away
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:11:49
Quality: FLAC Stereo 16bit/44,1kHz
Size: 240.68 MB
Tracks: 6
Source: Charlie_Haden_and_Brad_Mehldau-Long_Ago_and_Far_Away-(6789500)-CD-FLAC-2018-HOUND

Long Ago and Far Away captures pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Charlie Haden in a live duo performance recorded during the 2007 Enjoy Jazz Festival in Mannheim, Germany. One can hardly think of a more compatible pairing, with both Mehldau and Haden embodying an introverted, harmonically rich, and endlessly inventive jazz paradigm. This concert comes roughly a decade after their first outing, alongside saxophonist Lee Konitz and drummer Paul Motian, on 1997’s Alone Together. That album, and its follow-up, 2011’s Live at Birdland, are themselves deeply introspective standards sets. This concert bridges those albums with an equal amount of atmosphere and introspection, and with an added layer of intimacy from the duo setting. Free to float together in the swell of their lyrical conversation, Mehldau and Haden commune over a handful of well-loved standards including “My Old Flame,” “What’ll I Do,” and “My One and Only Love.” Particularly compelling is how they choose to flow in and out of expected norms, as on the opening Charlie Parker blues “Au Privave,” in which Mehldau ably states the main theme before launching into a spiraling, stream-of-consciousness solo, his angular asides only loosely tethered to Haden’s own ambling sideways basslines. Conversely, as on the Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin title track, they evoke the carefree insouciance of trumpeter Chet Baker’s classic 1955 version, before Mehldau drops out completely, allowing Haden to probe the arid harmonic emptiness with a stark gravitas. They also draw upon Baker’s bewitching, melancholy ghost with “Everything Happens to Me,” taking turns playing solos that are heartbreaking in their deft simplicity. It’s that casual intensity, and the willingness to commune with yearning lyricism one minute and dive into dark voids the next, that make Mehldau and Haden’s duo work here so compelling.


  1. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Au Privave – 9:55
  2. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – My Old Flame – 9:14
  3. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – What’ll I Do – 12:00
  4. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Long Ago and Far Away – 15:05
  5. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – My Love and I – 12:59
  6. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau – Everything Happens To Me – 12:38

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