Live At Birdland
Label: Ecm Records
It was a 1997 Blue Note session with Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden that helped introduce young Brad Mehldau to the jazz world. A dozen years later, the trio reconvened with Paul Motian, and Mehldau's intuitive playing and eloquent musical dialogue demonstrated that he'd become, in all ways, their peer. The fact that this gig was pulled off without preparation or rehearsal speaks to the towering ability of the performers.