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Brad Mehldau Trio

Daily from Dec. 3-4
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
$25-$50
Jazz

Brad Mehldau takes a cerebral approach to jazz piano, focusing on the formal architecture of a piece—the way it’s logically structured—which he stresses to its limits with high-flying improv, yielding what he’s called “controlled chaos.” Mehldau has played with scads of musicians in many formats, but his favorite setup appears to be the trio, and his long association with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard has created a spirited ensemble that explores a flood of ideas. The trio’s latest recording is 2016’s sly and subtle Blues and Ballads. Charlie Parker’s bluesy “Cheryl” evolves from cubist bits to jaunty swing to beatific bop, the standard “These Foolish Things” goes from a lush meditation on its familiar melody to a transformative Mehldau solo, and the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” breathes with noirish intrigue and yearning.