Friday April 12, 2013
For Thile and Mehldau, a meeting of musical minds
By: Jeremy D. Goodwin
If you squint hard and look from the proper angle, there are only a few degrees of musical separation between Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau.
They both excel in full-band scenarios as well as solo. They’re both virtuosic instrumentalists who venture into unfamiliar contexts. They both cover Bach and Radiohead.
And both have shown a penchant for unexpected collaborations. Mandolin wunderkind Thile is teaming up with Mehldau, a musician as comfortable playing jazz standards on solo piano as he is leading his trio through a long deconstruction of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” for a nine-show tour of duo performances that visits the Berklee Performance Center tonight.
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