Brad Mehldau's Nonesuch Records debut album, Live in Tokyo, first released on September 14, 2004, makes its vinyl debut almost exactly fifteen years later, on September 13, 2019. The vinyl edition, made in partnership with Run Out Groove, comprises the original album's eight tracks plus an additional seven tracks previously available only on the Japanese edition and sequenced in the order of that release. This triple-LP set was mastered by Alex DeTurk and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands. Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.
On Live in Tokyo, Mehldau, hailed by the Washington Post as "one of his generation's most gifted and thoughtful pianists," performs his own tunes and interprets material from artists as varied as George Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, and Radiohead on an album recorded live in concert at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo in February of 2003.
Few pianists can match Brad Mehldau when it comes to cross-fertilizing jazz, classical, and rock. The same applies for technique, taste and intellectual curiosity. All of those qualities are on display [on Live in Tokyo].
Mehldau plays beautifully on his own, his work is florid with detail, yet never just flowery. There is a deeply felt passion in all he plays, and that's exactly why he is so engrossing to hear: in a solo setting Mehldau demonstrates how he selects his ideas altogether discriminatingly from what must be a veritable flood of variations that occur to him as he plays. It's not long into listening to Live in Tokyo that you are reminded how skillfully he runs the gamut of emotion in his playing.
- Numbered, Limited To 3000 Copies Worldwide
- 15th Anniversary Edition
- 180g Vinyl
- First time on vinyl
- Includes complete set recorded in 2003 at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo
- Includes tracks previously only released in the Japanese market
- Mastered by Alex DeTurk
- Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands
- Deluxe tri-fold jacket
- 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
- My Heart Stood Still
- Roses Blue
- Intro II
- Someone To Watch Over Me
- Things Behind The Sun
- C Tune
- Waltz Tune
- From This Moment On
- Monk's Dream
- Paranoid Android
- How Long Has This Been Going On?
- River Man