Brad Mehldau continues to amaze the jazz world. As a soloist, band member or composer, he recognizes no boundaries. As a pianist, in recent years he has worked with giants like Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Wayne Shorter, among others, and at last year's North Sea Jazz he performed with the current Artist In Residence, Joshua Redman. The New Yorker's productivity is huge, and on stage he constantly proves his uniqueness as an improviser. Moreover, Mehldau is not afraid to experiment. If you run through his most recent releases, you will not find a single album that resembles another in terms of style. Recently the 41-year-old virtuoso released the album Ode, which he recorded with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard who will be completing Mehldau's trio at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Ode is the first album the trio has released since Live in 2008.