American Brad Mehldau has appeared at MaiJazz previously, both solo and with Joshua Redman. This time, you can get to hear him perform in the format which has brought him the most attention, namely as a trio. His releases in this constellation have all delighted both listeners and critics alike, with the all-star line-up having remained in its current form.
Mehldau is just as much a great composer as he is a pianist. He often strips the music right down to the bare bones, then improvises solidly from there. His approaches are never tedious and his compositions draw on a rich register of emotions. Grenadier and Ballard are tailor made for interplay with Mehldau, both having collaborated with several other of his peers such as Joshua Redman and Pat Metheny. MaiJazz looks forward to welcoming a particularly fine-tuned trio.
Line-up: Brad Mehldau – piano; Larry Grenadier – bass; Jeff Ballard – drums