Brad Mehldau was one among a plethora of young jazz pianists who rose to prominence in the '90s. He is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, and he is receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney's "Blackbird," for example). He formed his own trio in 1994 and recorded his first Warner Bros. album one year later. The first volume in his Art of the Trio series followed in 1997. Mehldau has recorded in a variety of styles, both genre-bending and standards-based. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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