For most people, solo piano music has more of a classical connotation than a jazz one; not surprisingly, jazz pianists from Bill Evans on did their earliest training in classical music. Likewise, New York-based impresario Brad Mehldau spent considerable time as a child practicing the disciplined works of Beethoven and Brahms, beginning with formal lessons at age 6. While his transition to jazz seems smooth and natural, his work remains deeply infused with his early training. There's a lovely, timeless feel to his music that's thoughtful and deliberately formal. Often his songs build from a few simple, rhythmic patterns into a distinct, strong melody (though never the thundering crescendos of the most famous classical works), then subside back into variations of the... More >>>