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Mehldau Returns to Trio on New CD

An advance copy of pianist Brad Mehldau’s forthcoming album showed up in the mail yesterday bearing the title Anything Goes. With a title like that I figured the disc would be a follow-up on the eclectic, electric sound we heard on Mehldau’s last CD, Largo. Nope, Anything Goes finds Mehldau (pictured) back in the trusted trio format, with longtime mates Larry Grenadier (on bass) and Jorge Rossy (on drums). This isn’t a complaint. I pretty much like any Mehldau I can get.

Turns out the album is named after the Cole Porter-penned standard, which appears on the album along with nine other cuts, which are mostly standards, plus a Paul Simon number and the obligatory Mehldau cover of a Radiohead tune-this time it’s “Everything in its Right Place,” from the British rock band’s not-very-rock-at-all Kid A album. (Fun fact: As JT editor Christopher Porter discovered while interviewing pianist Robert Glasper, Radiohead based the main riff in “Everything in Its Right Place” off of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage.” You can read more about that in our current print issue.)

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