Brad has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his take on the Cole Porter tune "I Concentrate on You," from the new Brad Mehldau Trio album, Blues and Ballads. The album comprises interpretations of songs by other composers, with the focus on blues and ballads implied by the album’s title, also including works by Charlie Parker, Lennon & McCartney, and Jon Brion. "A spellbinding set whose salient features are subtlety and understatement," Mojo exclaims. "Sublime stuff." The Times of London says it's "sublimely satisfying." The New York Times calls it "beautiful."

Brad has also been nominated with label mate and longtime friend and collaborator Joshua Redman for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their debut duo album, Nearness. "The pair are so well matched," says BBC Music Magazine. "Both are extraordinary, scintillating improvisers bursting with energy, yet they have great ears for one another." Mojo says: "They create a special telepathic musical synergy in each other’s company."