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Brad Mehldau Trio

Wednesday, November 4 | Aztec Theatre

"It's as if he were aware of jazz tradition but entirely unencumbered by it," The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings wrote of pianist Brad Mehldau nearly 20 years ago, a time in which the truth of that comment has only grown. Backed by his equally open-minded (and talented) trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, Mehldau has charted the course of modern jazz more than any other figure: refashioning Radiohead, Soundgarden and Sufjan Stevens into jazz standards, bridging jazz and classical with the help of Kanye West collaborator Jon Brion, and establishing a new Art of the Trio for contemporaries Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran. From a technical level, there are few more accomplished in jazz than Mehldau and his trio; there are even fewer that make it so easy to enjoy. — JDS

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