A Fireside Chat with Brad Mehldau
AAJ: Have writers finally quit comparing you and your music to Bill Evans or Lennie Tristano?
BM: No, but it's all good. Harold Bloom, a great critic and commentator, has written, "Critics love continuities." They love to connect the dots, he meant. I take that to mean that they construct their own narratives by connecting the dots through history, which can be interesting and illuminating in the right hands. But if someone lacks scholarship and imagination, they will inevitably construct narratives that are independent of reality, which can be entertaining I suppose, but are usually reductive and simplistic. It's part of the soundbyte culture we live in: say something really fast and simple that grabs attention.
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