Brad Mehldau

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The nine best concerts in Denver this weekend

    Hoo, boy, it's SnowBall weekend, here in Denver for the first time in the festival's young history. The dance-heavy lineup features reliable names like Pretty Lights and Griz as well as some curveballs, like Earl Sweatshirt and Warpaint. There's more: In the Whale will spend two nights celebrating ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    The six best jazz shows in April

    BRAD MEHDLAU TRIO @ BOULDER THEATER, SUN, 4/6 Over the last two decades pianists Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed in various formats (his latest effort, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, is a duo recording with drummer Mark Guiliana), but he seems most at home with his trio, which includes long-ti ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    The 12 best concerts in Denver this week: March 3 to March 7

    Editor's note: Hall & Oates are now going as Daryl Hall & John Oates, because apparently that's the way you add gravitas to a catalogue that will turn your pants pastel and put shoulder pads in whatever shirt you're wearing if you listen long enough. Here's the thing: They needn't bother -- the song ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    New Denver shows: Robin Thicke, Lady Antebellum, the Oh Hellos. On sale this week

    Robin Thicke, the man responsible for "Blurred Lines," the uncontested song of the summer, is set to headline the Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, March 23, with support from Jessie J and DJ Cassidy. Tickets ($49.50-$55) go on sale this Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    The ten best jazz guitarists of all time

    In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the pianists and we'll soon be taking a look bassists and drummers, today we focus on the six-stringers. ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    CONSPIRATOR @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/23/13 Conspirator is an apt name for this supergroup of sorts, which comprises members of several well-known acts. Exploring the ethereal realms of EDM, the quartet -- Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Chris Michetti ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    Lee Konitz Trio

    Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Jazz man Lee Konitz on working in the trio format and the importance of a good drummer

    A prominent figure in the late-'40s and early-'50s cool-jazz movement, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performed on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and performed with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh around that same time. While a number of players were copping Charlie Parker's sound, Konitz took a diffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The five best jazz shows in Denver this month

    5. IMPROVISED ROOTS #4 @ DAZZLE | FRI & SAT, 3/15-3/16 While Greg Garrison plays bass for local bluegrass act Leftover Salmon, he also knows his way around jazz changes. With his Improvised Roots series, he brings the two worlds together with roots music. The previous two shows in his Improvised Roo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, TV on the Radio is slated to perform two nights at the Ogden in September, Furthur is making its way back to Colorado for three nights at Red Rocks and blink-182 and My Chemical Romance headline KTCL's Big Gig in September. On lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Jacky Terrasson on his latest album and Bud Powell, Monk and Bill Evans

    Devin DeHaven​Early on in jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson's career, he listened to a lot of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. While Terrasson says he doesn't listen to the three pianists as much as he did two decades ago when he was starting out, he's taken what they've given him and mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Marco Benevento on his latest album, circuit bent toys and Brad Mehldau

    ​As half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, Marco Benevento played bass lines with his feet and held down organ and Wurlitzer parts with separate hands. But in the trio format, he's completely at home behind the piano, which he says is totally his ax. The forward-thinking Benevento makes captivating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
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    October 23, 2008

    Aaron Parks Quartet

    Friday, October 24, Dazzle, 303-831-5100.

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    December 27, 2007

    Critics' Picks for 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.

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    October 25, 2007

    Benevento Russo Duo

    How did this act develop its unusal sound? By accident.

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    October 24, 2007
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    August 30, 2007

    The Taylor Eigsti Trio

    Thursday, August 30, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    In the Key of Free

    Pianist Brad Mehldau opens up on Largo.

  • Film

    July 25, 2002

    Stage Fright

    Marriage gets its close-up in My Wife Is an Actress.

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Various Artists

    Groundwork: Act to Reduce Hunger (Hear Music)

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    The RH Factor

    Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.