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Press Releases Walker Art Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Present World Premiere of Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider

Conducted by Scott Yoo, the concert features star saxophonist Joshua Redman, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, and Matt Chamberlain

Pianist Brad Mehldau joins forces with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) for the live premiere of a new milestone in symphonic jazz recordings, Highway Rider, Friday-Saturday, November 5-6, at 8 pm in the Walker Art Center’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater. In a 15-year career marked by its amazing scope, Mehldau has earned acclaim for his complex yet sparkling improvisations, and for a style that ranges from the unabashedly cerebral to the moodily romantic. This latest work encompasses a host of influences ranging from jazz giants to German Romantics to dissonant modernists, but transcends them as something wholly original. Its performance at the Walker with the SPCO is a journey into fresh musical territory on a grand scale. Conducted by Scott Yoo, the concert features star saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Larry Grenadier, and percussionists Jeff Ballard and Matt Chamberlain. This performance is co-presented with the SPCO.

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Links to background information

Brad Mehldau Artist Web Site

Brad Mehldau at All about Jazz

Highway Rider on YouTube

Highway Rider Review in the LA Times

Highway Rider in the New York Times

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Conductor Scott Yoo Artist Web Site

Brad Mehldau performing __Highway Rider, 2010

Photo: Augusta Quirk