Brad Mehldau – The Prophet is a Fool

English Feature June 24 2019
Brad Mehldau “Finding Gabriel”

By Macon Holt

This video/track/essay/statement recently released by the critically acclaimed jazz master Brad Mehldau is infuriating. Not least because the instrumental musical elements of “The Prophet is a Fool” do seem to accurately enunciate something of the violence, anxiety, and pseudo-stability of the contemporary moment in a way that the discursive and representational components fail to even as they underline the point. The fuzzy aggressive bass set against the crisp timbre of the piano chords dripping with dissonance rumble on at a frenetic pace that perfectly captures the horror, the melancholy and the insatiability of the present.

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