Just got home from a wonderful concert by
Brad Mehldau at the
CSO. This was long overdue as I kept reading
about Mehldau. And even though he performs quite regularly around here, I
had never seen him. Big mistake.
The first set was performed as a (strictly acoustic) trio with
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Grenadier">Larry Grenadier on
bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.
After several compositions by Mehldau and a brazilian samba piece, the first
set closed with a rendition of ‘Holland’ from href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufjan_Stevens">Sufjan Stevens‘ album
which was truly beautiful. The second set had Mehldau performing solo, again
with several compositions of his own as well as one from href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Young">Neil Young‘s classic ‘The
Needle and the Damage Done’ leading two two pieces from the Sound of Music
including an amazing, yet really different ‘My favourite things’ that just
hushed a piece of the central melody along with a strond rhythmic
element. Lovely. And then
to cap it all off, four encores.