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Thursday May 17, 2012

from sandiegoreader.com

Mehldau Trio’s Sold Out Show
By: Robert Bush

The Athenaeum Jazz at the Neurosciences Institute series continued last night with a bang: the long-awaited return of the Brad Mehldau Trio, a concert that had been sold-out virtually since its announcement a few months back.

For a jazz lover, it was actually kind of a thrill to stand in a line long enough to prevent making visual contact with the concert hall.

Joining Mehldau were the top drawer rhythm section of Larry Grenadier on double bass and Jeff Ballard on drums.

The pianist remembered the absolutely pristine acoustics of the Neuroscience room and made the unusual choice of performing without amplification for the piano and drums.

“Brad told me, this is one of only two rooms in the country where he can do that,” said Dan Atkinson, director of Jazz Programming for the Athenaeum.

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