For a date the wife and I went to Clarice Smith to see Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile tonight. The executive summary is: fantastic, perfect, inspirational. I knew that Brad is one of those cats who will shape the music in the future. All I had heard is a few things on Yoo Toob but you can tell quickly that his technique is unsurpassed and that he is tuned in to some wavelength that will evolve the music. Perhaps I should explain. Some cats think that "Jazz" is a genre that deserves to be preserved under glass - Satchmo, Duke, you get the idea.