Brad Mehldau is a wise man now, but he still carries the mythology of a remarkably prodigious start: As a high schooler, the pianist won Berklee College's Best All-Around Musician Award, then studied under Fred Hersch and Jimmy Cobb at the New School for Social Research and recorded with the Joshua Redman Quartet. His coltish enthusiasm is still evident in his swath of influences—Brazilian dance, Bill Evans, Soundgarden—and, some 20 albums in, his fiery post-bop technique is heralded like few others in contemporary jazz. Places, his spry 2002 concept album about favorite cities, professed love for Perugia and Paris—and those seem like lovely places to visit, but the space between Mehldau's syncopations is somewhere to live.
Wed., Feb. 11, 8 p.m., 2009

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