World Music / CRASHarts Presents Brad Mehldau Trio
Acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, a four-time Grammy nominee, and his group present Mehldau's music, which often juxtaposes dense pieces with stripped-down, emotionally direct works. Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. 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 Brothers entitled The Art of the Trio. During that same period, Mehldau also released a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle and a record called Places that included both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums. They are made up exclusively of original material and have central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes, a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy.
Watch Mehldau and Mark Guiliana perform “Hungry Ghost” in this video: