Bad Plus with Brad Mehldau to play at Valley Performing Arts Center
A meeting of two forces pushing the jazz tradition forward, this double bill of the Bad Plus with Brad Mehldau offers a vivid snapshot of the capabilities of the piano trio. Backed by a rhythm section of Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, Mehldau memorably has looked toward the likes of Radiohead and Rammstein for inside-out jazz workouts to complement intricate originals. The Bad Plus similarly built an early reputation on deconstructions of alt-rock favorites by the likes of the Pixies and Aphex Twin, but in 2014 the group has continued to blaze a unique path with an album of originals, “Inevitable Western,” and a daring reimagining of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $30-$60, Sat., 8 p.m. https://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org
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