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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.
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.