Tad Weed Trio at Ziggy’s

Pianist Tad Weed made his debut at Ziggy’s in Ypsilanti on April 26. Weed is a marvel as a piano player: lots of ideas and the technique to deliver them. He is also comfortable in many styles of playing including the avant garde, but this night he stayed within the confines of bop and post-bop. His repertoire ranged from classics like Ellington’s “The Intimacy of the Blues” to “Beautiful Love” famously recorded by Bill Evans, Mulligan’s “Five Brothers” and Clare Fischer’s “Morning” (Fischer was one of Tad’s teachers).

Along with Kurt Krahnke on bass and Bob Sweet on drums, Weed swung mightily, particularly on “The Intimacy of the Blues” where Krahnke treated us to a powerful bass solo.