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Brad Mehldau: Keyed In

Brad Mehldau

“I just hate it when I’m feeling bored on the bandstand, just marking time and going through the motions,” says Brad Mehldau. “That’s become less and less tolerable for me. Because I feel like, ‘What am I doing here? I could be sitting at home watching TV, I don’t want to just be sitting there taking up space.”

A restlessly creative nature compels the 28-year-old pianist to probe fearlessly into the music. And with Songs: The Art of the Trio, Volume Three , his fourth for Warner Bros., comes the sense that Mehldau is diving headlong into deeper waters. There is a greater degree of trust within the trio (Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy on drums) and a stronger commitment to going out on a limb together. With Volume Three , which comes on the heels of a highly regarded live set from the Village Vanguard, they’ve hit their stride as a unit, breathing and moving as one and taking the music to some transcendent places in the process.

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