Halcyon Days

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Jazz Times

By Brad Mehldau In Brad Mehldau’s memoir Formation, the pianist and composer recounts the events of his early years, ending in the mid-1990s. Deep philosophical musings alternate with discomforting tales of abuse, sexual confusion, and drug addiction. But for jazz fans, the most engaging passages will undoubtedly be those long sections where Mehldau writes in depth about music and musicians. Two such sections appear below. In the first, our author, still a teenager and newly arrived in New York from Connecticut, is finding his way in the club scene of the late ’80s and learning some lessons ab…

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