There’s an Elliott Smith-ian sensibility to the duo’s original song, played here live at the Bowery Ballroom just before Mehldau and Thile went into the studio.
Bob Dylan’s song is a blunt object, liturgical in its cadence and damning in its censure. The saxophonist and singer tackle it with grace and a small but useful tension.
One of the most respected jazz guitarists working today, the Austrian musician has spent his career straddling borders, be they sonic or geographic.
The annual jazz festival features so many bands on so many stages that we asked a few writers (and a photographer) to highlight some of this year’s best moments.