“Mehler’s touch is as nuanced as Bill Evans’s, and his phrasing draws on both jazz and classical music without directly importing licks from either. The subdued certainties of his playing bring a crowded room to total silence.”
– John Fordham, The Guardian
With over a 15 year performing career, Elan Mehler has released eight albums as a leader and has performed at major festivals and venues worldwide. 2007’s “Scheme For Thought” called a “…work of mellow magnificence” by Time Out and which garnered a four star review from MOJO Magazine, was selected as a top ten record of 2007 by Jazzwise. 2009’s “The After Suite,” “a masterpiece with a capital ‘M,” –All About Jazz, was hailed as “…positively rhapsodic” by Time Out. 2010’s collaboration with the Oklahoman singer-songwriter Adam McBride-Smith, “Half Seas Over,” built “…a productive relationship between two genres of music that few jazz artists other than Bill Frisell have managed to splice…” –The Guardian. Elan’s Solo Piano debut “Early Sunday Morning” came out in 2014. “Mehler is a major talent…his gift is to channel atmosphere with a sensitivity and love of his material that shows in every note.” –Marlbank
Elan’s latest project, a band he is co-leading with world renown trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas due out in 2020, on Newvelle Records, was declared an “outstanding collaboration” by Downbeat Magazine. Elan’s latest release, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar, “TJ and the Revenge,” is available now on Little Lost Records.
In 2016, Elan founded Newvelle Records with partner Jean-Christophe Morisseau. They have since produced dozens of records featuring musicians from the absolute pinnacle of the jazz world including: Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, Frank Kimbrough, Rufus Reid, Dave Douglas and many others. A new project recording in 2020 will feature legends of New Orleans jazz, soul and blues including: Irma Thomas, Little Freddie King, Ellis Marsalis and more. Learn more about Newvelle Records here.