Brad Mehldau zocht voor “Finding Gabriel” zijn inspiratie in de bijbel. Dit atypische album beschrijft de zoektocht van de vereenzaamde mens naar de waarheid en naar een antwoord op levensvragen. Mehldau speelt piano, synthesizers, percussie, Fender Rhodes en zingt. Gastmuzikanten zijn onder andere Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, en Becca Stevens.

"The music initially sprang out of a new synth I was discovering," Mehldau says. "I built up many of the tracks beginning with synths and Mark Guiliana on drums. Layers were added, and the human voice became an important element—not with text, but as a pure expression of harmony and emotion. I worked with singers I've admired and been close to over the past several years—Becca Stevens, Kurt Elling, and Gabriel Kahane—and sang myself as well. Strings and winds were added and the project became more orchestral, with features from stellar musicians: trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, and violinist Sara Caswell. A new experience for me on three of the tracks was to go the opposite as well—doing everything as a one-man band. Both the collaborations and solo flights were a learning experience and full of discovery.”

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