At his third participation in Bergamo Jazz, Brad Mehldau certainly does not require many presentations. The first-rate star of today’s piano firmament, not only in the jazz area, Mehldau is one who likes to experiment (also with electronics), get back in the game, but one of his greatest loves, one of the expressive areas in which he excels, remains the trio, whose art is precisely a profound connoisseur.
With bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard (who in 2005 took the place of his colleague of Spanish instrument Jorge Rossy), Brad Mehldau thoroughly explores a consolidated expressive formula but still capable, as in his case, of giving exciting news. From the five volumes of The Art of The Trio to Seymour Reads The Constitution!, passing through Places, Anything Goes and Day Is Done (first album with Jeff Ballard on drums), from Ode to Where Do You Start, from Brad Mehldau Trio Live to Blues and Ballads, the musical investigation of Brad Mehldau and his fellow travellers has always proved to be full of surprises, also thanks to the original shooting of material from beyond the borders of jazz, Nick Drake, Radiohead, Beatles and others. In recent times he has also produced alongside drummer Mark Guiliana (also in a trio with the addition of John Scofield) and mandolinist Chris Thile and compared with a monument of classical music such as Bach (the album After Bach, which includes both compositions of the German Maestro and improvisations of the pianist).
To remember, even, the collaboration with soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the activity of composer of wide-ranging pages and music for cinema.