Nonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City's Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs that Nonesuch releases on January 27, 2017, on two CDs / LPs. The vinyl edition includes a bonus performance of Fiona Apple's "Fast As You Can." You can watch a live performances of the former above and the latter below.
Brad Stivers is a natural – a young, soul-stirring blues and roots singer, songwriter and guitarist from Austin, Texas, playing and writing in the great American tradition. Just barely in his mid-twenties, Brad is in the vanguard of the next generation of musicians who will shape and define those genres in this century.
An intensive examination of guide tone structures for jazz comping and soloing This course is specifically targeted at players who are relatively new to the concept of playing jazz standards. Knowing what and what not to play is critical especially when working with a keyboard player.
Intensive examination of slash chord progressions for performance and improvisation Slash chords are an effective way of notating inversions of triads, extended harmonies and tension oriented sonorities. The concept of a triad over a bass note serves not only in the solo guitar realm, but also in an ensemble situation in which the bass note is played by the bass player thus freeing up the guitarist both technically and texturally to use major or minor triads in various inversions as a springboard for melodic fills. Another added benefit of viewing harmony via slash chords is the ease of determining which scales to apply for comping and soloing.