Mehliana: Taming The Dragon
In which Brad Mehldau lets loose the fusion monster within. The freewheeling air is established on the opener, where the pianist kicks things off by telling you about a trippy dream he had. If that sounds like a deal breaker, wait until Mehldau's narration is interrupted by the muscular electro-funk he creates with drummer Mark Guiliana. The best tracks are the ones the duo wrote together -- like "Luxe," "You Can't Go Back Now" and "Just Call Me Nige" -- in which Guiliana's acoustic drums and digital drumheads guide the pieces as much as Mehldau's imagination on all sorts of keyboards.