The band is everything with Brad Mehldau's trio. Beyond that the musicians play with a sense of openness and immediacy that allows the pieces to evolve as they're played. The tunesmostly Mehldau originals from his recent Places CDare generally abstractions that act as starting points. Mehldau generally leads melodically and harmonically, but rhythm as established by all three is their main message. Grenadier and Rossy occasionally solo but usually in the context of the triotheir solos are guided as much or more by the other players as by themselves. There are usually no clean starting or stopping points for solosthe music fuses just together. The concert was well received by a full housea wonderful evening. And the acoustics were good. Brad Mehldau - piano; Larry Grenadier - bass; Jorge Rossy - drums.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!