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Variations on a Melancholy Theme

“The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story …

Published: 14 Apr 2021. Updated: 23 days.

“The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress,” Brad Mehldau.

Warily ambulatory in tempo and mood and with the faded elegance of a matinee presentation at the pictures in atmosphere pianist Brad Mehldau and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 'Theme' from Variations on a Melancholy Theme is streaming. One of 15 pieces, 11 numbered variations follow, a cadenza, postlude and piece called 'Encore' containing 'x' and 'y' named variations. Brad Mehldau, top. Photo: Nonesuch, who release the album on 11 June

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Unissued 1975 Oil Can Harry's Bill Evans trio track first time stream

Drawn from Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) an upcoming Craft label 5-CD Bill Evans Nick Phillips-produced reissue set that includes an entire, previously unreleased live concert from 1975 'Up with the Lark Live …

Published: 13 Apr 2021. Updated: 24 days.

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Drawn from Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980) an upcoming Craft label 5-CD Bill Evans Nick Phillips-produced reissue set that includes an entire, previously unreleased live concert from 1975 'Up with the Lark Live at Oil Can Harry's, Vancouver, BC, 1975' is streaming. Pianist Evans is heard with Eddie Gomez on double bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums. Craft are also issuing the unheard concert material separately as On a Friday Evening. Release date is 25 June. The Vancouver material was only ever aired on local radio station CHQM. Craft say that the audio has been restored and newly mastered. Bill Evans, top Photo: via Craft