Brad Mehldau Trio / GoGo Penguin at World Cafe Live

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However complex the pieces or patterns may be, there's always room for spontaneity. Chris Illingworth is content holding static patterns as long as needed at the keyboard (sadly they haven't gotten big enough to command an actual piano at every venue yet), though he's not averse to making tweaks or adding little licks here and there without breaking stride. It's often Rob Turner's drums that crazily flit here and there while his bandmates hold steady. He admirably manages the Elvin Jones trick of keeping a moving pulse amidst wildly skittering rhythms, also adding different interesting tones by rubbing at a Tibetan prayer bowl or draping things across cymbals to subtly change the sound.

The newest album Man Made Object got a thorough workout as well, from the gentle sweetness of "Branches Break" to the body-moving beats of "All Res" or "Smarra" (another excellent cue for that roiling light show). It was only a single set at around 80 minutes and certainly felt even shorter by the time "Garden Dog Barbecue" brought things to a stomping, stuttering close. For an encore, the irresistible "Hopopono" was simply delightful—a buoyant summery romp that might have almost had the place dancing if it wasn't a fairly sedate Monday night. It was still enough to earn hearty cheers and a most enthusiastic standing ovation for this band as well. However different these acts may be, some important things should stay the same.



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