Although Brad Mehldau is best known as a jazz composer and improviser, he has written several long-form compositions and songs, including those for orchestra and voice. Highway Rider is a new double-disc set of original work by the pianist, composer and arranger which features a chamber orchestra, along with regular trio mates Jeff Ballard on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass and special guests Joshua Redman on sax and drummer Matt Chamberlain.
Mose Allison occupies a hallowed place in American songwriting, bringing a witty, urbane sensibility to modern blues and jazz. His subtle, laid-back singing style meshes nicely with his nuanced piano stylings, with nods to Monk and Garner. Allison's influence can be heard in everyone from Diana Krall and Norah Jones to John Mayall and Van Morrison. The Way of the World marks his return to the recording studio after a 12-year absence with five brand new Mose compositions.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt, UK guitarist Martin Taylor has re-formed his award-winning group "Spirit of Django" for the first time in 15 years for Last Train to Hauteville.
Other new music includes Brazilian-born, Chicago-based guitarist/composer Paulhino Garcia offers up a new collection of originals on My Very Life and bassist Dave Holland and his octet are live at Birdland on Pathways.