Album: Brad Mehldau Trio, Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)


There's not a duff track or dull moment in this 75 minutes of studio material, recorded half in 2008 and half last year. Tunes by Nick Drake, Elvis Costello and Sufjan Stevens rub shoulders with hard bop and bossa nova, the rock standard "Hey Joe" and Johnny Mandel's wonderful title track.

And then there's one Mehldau original to form the perfect digest of this trio's talents. It's very difficult to carp any more: Mehldau is the man.