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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2017
RecordedDecember 30, 2015, January 2–3, 2016
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City, U.S.
ProducerChris Thile, Brad Mehldau
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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is an album by Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau. It was released by Nonesuch Records on January 27, 2017.


Mandolinist and vocalist Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau first played together in 2011 when Mehldau had a residency at London's Wigmore Hall.[1] Their first tour as a duo was two years later.[1] They performed together again in 2015, after which they recorded this studio album.[1]

Music and recording

The album contains a mix of originals and covers. The latter "include Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright', Joni Mitchell's 'Marcie', Elliott Smith's 'Independence Day' as well as a composition by late 16th /early 17th century Irish harpist and composer Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin".[1]

Thile's singing covers a range of effects, including "invoking an ethereal falsetto, the imploring call of a '50s teenage crooner, a nasal Dylanesque snarl, or a rural bluesman's grouchy defiance".[2]

The music was recorded in Avatar Studios in New York City on December 30, 2015 and January 2–3, 2016.[3] The album was released by Nonesuch Records on January 27, 2017. It is available as two CDs, two LPs, or as a download.[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Australian[7]
The Guardian[2]
The Irish Times[9][10]
The Times[12]
Tom HullB−[13]

The Irish Times' reviewer commented that the songs on the album "dig down into the roots of American music, touching the common ancestry of jazz and country but coming up fresh and turned boldly to the post-genre future".[9]

Lloyd Sachs of JazzTimes stated "...this 64-minute, two-CD set is so idiosyncratic in its selection and treatment of material, it’s difficult to compare it to anything else... Throughout, the duo exploits the close relationship between keys and strings, achieving a seamless oneness on tunes such as Mehldau’s sprightly “Tallahassee Junction.” In exploring the world of Americana, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is sometimes cozy, sometimes haunting and sometimes, unexpectedly, both".[14]

Track listing

Disc 1
  1. "The Old Shade Tree" (Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile) – 6:26
  2. "Tallahassee Junction" (Mehldau) – 5:54
  3. "Scarlet Town" (David Rawlings, Gillian Welch) – 6:03
  4. "I Cover the Waterfront" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 7:00
  5. "Independence Day" (Elliott Smith) – 3:10
  6. "Noise Machine" (Thile) – 4:50
Disc 2
  1. "The Watcher" (Mehldau) – 5:27
  2. "Daughter of Eve" (Thile) – 8:58
  3. "Marcie" (Joni Mitchell) – 4:50
  4. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (Bob Dylan) – 6:02
  5. "Tabhair dom do Lámh" (Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin) – 4:19

LP bonus track: "Fast As You Can" (Fiona Apple) – 6:07




Chart (2017) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 110
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 133
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 83
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[19] 1
US Top Bluegrass Albums (Billboard)[20] 1


  1. ^ a b c d Gallacher, Alex (November 16, 2016) "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Announce Album". Folk and Roots Music Webzine.
  2. ^ a b Fordham, John (January 26, 2017) "Thile/Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Review – Remarkable Rapport as Bluegrass Meets Jazz". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Chris Thile + Brad Mehldau". Nonesuch Records. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nonesuch Releases Duo Album from Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau 1/27" (November 15, 2016). Glide Magazine.
  5. ^ a b "CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU by Chris Thile". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ Collar, Matt. "Chris Thile / Brad Mehldau Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  7. ^ Hillier, Tony (4 February 2017). "Reviews: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau; Ponce guitar sonatas; Morten Schantz". The Australian. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. ^ Hale, James (March 2017). "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau". DownBeat. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  9. ^ a b Larkin, Cormac (January 26, 2017) "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Album Review: A Meeting of Masterly Minds". The Irish Times.
  10. ^ Benassi, Giuliano. "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" (in German). Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  11. ^ CONATON, CHRIS (1 February 2017). "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  12. ^ Bungey, John (January 27, 2017). "Jazz: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau". The Times. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Chris Thile". Tom Hull. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  14. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (2 June 2017). "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau (Nonesuch)". JazzTimes. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  15. ^ " – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  16. ^ " – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 24 March 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  18. ^ " – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  19. ^ "Brad Mehldau Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Brad Mehldau Chart History (Top Bluegrass Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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