One of the elite pianists of his generation, Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. While appearing as a sideman on several high-profile recordings, Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. His latest recording, Brad Mehldau Trio: Live, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2008.
There is often an intellectual rigor to Mehldau’s music, a real density of information in his writing and soloing that is often exciting and challenging. He has attracted a sizable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience in his performance.
Brad Mehldau piano
Larry Grenadier bass
Jeff Ballard drums
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A graceful and sonorous acoustic jazz combo” – New York Times
“Mehldau creates gently undulating soundscapes of gradually gathering intensity. Starting with the simplest of motifs, he develops an intricate tapestry of melodic details, chordal voicings and dense cross-rhythms.” – Mike Hobart, London Financial Times