Mehldau Interview: The Art Of The Trio

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Friday May 12, 2017

From The Yorkshire Post

Music interview: Brad Mehldau on the art of the trio and more
With: Duncan Seaman

Few musicians have made quite the same impact on the course of contemporary jazz as Brad Mehldau. Over the course of 25 years, the pianist from Jacksonville, Florida, has established himself as a player, composer and arranger of exceptional talent, with an interest in pop, rock and classical music.

His ability to play different melodies with separate hands has been highly influential and he has recorded with the likes of Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, Renee Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter.

Next week he brings his trio to the UK for a short run of concerts that start at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds.

Why has the trio format been so important for you over the last 20 years? Is there something particularly special about its dynamic?

It’s hard to say but I guess the trio format seems to afford the possibility of being a leader and also being on relatively equal footing with the other two musicians. Some of my favorite music in small group jazz is not trio ‘” quartet or quintet ‘” but when I’m in those other formats, I feel more a part of a rhythm section, and enjoy disappearing into someone else’s musical vision.

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