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Brad Mehldau: Trio and Vocal

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature two new releases from pianist Brad Mehldau, as well as songs from Nat King Cole’s 1950s Spanish-language albums.

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Brad Mehldau's album Love Sublime, an album of piano/vocal duets with classical singer Renee Fleming, including excerpts from poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and Louise Bogan set to music by Mehldau.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature two new releases from pianist Brad Mehldau—House on Hill, a final document of his longrunning trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, and also Love Sublime, an album of piano/vocal duets with classical singer Renee Fleming, performing excerpts from poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and Louise Bogan set to music by Mehldau.

In addition, we’ll have two sets of songs from Nat King Cole’s late-1950s Spanish-language albums, as well as music from Roy Hargrove, Charlie Byrd, Blossom Dearie, Chet Baker, and Howard McGhee.

Music Heard On This Episode

Do It the Hard Way
Chet Baker — It Could Happen to You (Riverside, 1958)
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Do It the Hard Way
Chet Baker — It Could Happen to You (Riverside, 1958)
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Lost in Meditation
Taft Jordan — Mood Indigo (Prestige, 1961)
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Old Tyme Movie Love Affair
Blossom Dearie — I'm Hip (Columbia/Daffodil, 1985)
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Talk of the Town
Howard McGhee — Maggie (Savoy, 1948)
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Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto — Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1963)
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How Insensitive
Roy Hargrove — Moment to Moment (Verve, 2000)
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O Passaro (the Bird)
Charlie Byrd — Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros (Riverside, 1962)
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Acertate Mas (Come Closer to Me)
Nat King Cole — Cole Espanol (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Maria Elena
Nat King Cole — Cole Espanol (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
Nat King Cole — Cole Espanol (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Adelita
Nat King Cole — Cole Espanol (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Nadie Me Ama
Nat King Cole — A Mis Amigos (Capitol, 1959)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Aquellos Ojos Verdes
Nat King Cole — A Mis Amigos (Capitol, 1959)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Nao Tenho Lagrimas
Nat King Cole — A Mis Amigos (Capitol, 1959)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Caboclo do Rio
Nat King Cole — A Mis Amigos (Capitol, 1959)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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Ansiedad
Nat King Cole — A Mis Amigos (Capitol, 1959)

Notes: Also on the Bear Family collection STARDUST.

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August Ending
Brad Mehldau — House On Hill (Nonesuch, 2006)
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House On Hill
Brad Mehldau — House On Hill (Nonesuch, 2006)
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Love Sublime
Brad Mehldau/Renee Fleming — Love Sublime (Nonesuch, 2006)

Notes: Music by Mehldau, words by wife Fleurine.

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Extinguish My Eyes, I'll Go On Seeing You
Brad Mehldau/Renee Fleming — Love Sublime (Nonesuch, 2006)

Notes: Music by Mehldau; words taken from Rilke poem from BOOK OF HOURS.

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Memory
Brad Mehldau/Renee Fleming — Love Sublime (Nonesuch, 2006)

Notes: Music by Mehldau; words taken from poem by Louise Bogan.

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Backyard
Brad Mehldau — House On Hill (Nonesuch, 2006)
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Bealtiner
Brad Mehldau — House On Hill (Nonesuch, 2006)
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Abstraction
Jackie McLean — 4, 5 & 6 (Prestige, 1956)

Notes: Mal Waldron composition; Waldron on piano, Donald Byrd on trumpet.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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