With his longtime colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy, Mehldau has developed his personal approach to trio playing over ten years and a series of "Art of the Trio" recordings. It's an aesthetic that's as much cerebral as visceral, as indebted to European classical music as to the blues, capable of developing variegated soundscapes ranging from icy and spare to lushly romantic and back again.
Though he has performed songs by Thelonious Monk and possesses a formidable improvisational technique that's been compared to Cecil Taylor, Mehldau's a deep thinker, not a playful swinger or a freeform firebreather; his voice is more akin to Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley or Bill Evans than to Horace Silver, Red Garland or Bobby Timmons. With four nights to stretch out at the Bistro amid a string of one-nighters and split-bill concerts on their spring schedule, Mehldau and his bandmates should have ample opportunity to think some deep thoughts indeed.
Sets at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. each night. Reserved seats are $30, with a $5 food/drink minimum per person. Call Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or 800-293-5949.