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 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 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 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.