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Critic's Pick: The Bad Plus and Brad Mehldau to meet at UCLA
Critic's Pick: The Bad Plus and Brad Mehldau to meet at UCLA

So who's your pick going into Saturday night? This could be a reference to this weekend's welterweight bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero, but the prime-time matchup L.A. jazz fans are talking about is the pairing of two of the most inventive piano trios working today in the Brad Mehldau Trio and the ever-adventurous Bad Plus. In one corner? The cagey veteran in Brad Mehldau, who has shown no sign of slowing his relentlessly creative pace. He first reached wider notice with a series of "Art of the Trio" albums in the late '90s, which in addition to original compositions introduced covers of Radiohead, Nick Drake and Rammstein (!) to the jazz...

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