LIVE REVIEW: Brad Mehldau Trio, "...unique and musically exciting"

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Monday November 26, 2012


Brad Mehldau Trio ‘” Barbican, London Jazz Festival 2012
By: Esther Hayden

‘Please switch off your mobile phones so you listen and don’t get distracted,’ this was the first sound you heard walking into the Barbican on Wednesday evening. The second was the urgent rustling of pockets and bags while people scrabbled for the most essential item that they can never be without. However this announcement captured the essence of the Brad Mehldau Trio. For the performers it was all about listening and focus on the individual sound world the group create. Walking onto the stage with a single bow, the relaxed Mehldau wasted no time in immersing himself and the audience in this. Often the style of a group is revealed through the audience they attract and the diverse mix of pop, jazz and classical fans show the influences that combine to make Mehldau’s performance style so unique and musically exciting.

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