House on Hill

Brad Mehldau Trio

From 1994–2004, the Brad Mehldau Trio was composed of Larry Grenadier on bass, Jorge Rossy on drums, and Mehldau on piano. Jeff Ballard recently replaced Rossy, and House on Hill is the final recording from the previous group. Seven of its tracks come from a two-day session in 2002, when the trio recorded eighteen songs in total. That material was divided into Mehldau originals and interpretations of existing songs; the latter group became Anything Goes, released in 2004. The originals are presented here with two additional songs—“August Ending” and “Fear and Trembling”—from a more recent recording session. “All of the songs were written between 2000 and 2002, and they form a time capsule of my writing then, and of the way the trio was playing together,” Mehldau says, “I am so glad that this music is finally able to see the light of day.”


House on Hill

01. August Ending
02. House on Hill
03. Bealtine
04. Boomer
05. Backyeard
06. Fear and Trembling
07. Embers
08. Happy Tune
09. Waiting for Eden


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Brad Mehldau, piano
Larry Grenadier, bass
Jorge Rossy, drums 

Produced by Brad Mehldau and Matt Pierson
All tracks except tracks 1 and 6 recorded on October 8–9, 2002
Tracks 1 and 6 recorded on March 12, 2005
Recorded by James Farber at Avatar Studios, New York, NY
Assistant Engineers: Aya Takemura, Steve Mazur
Mixed by James Farber at Sear Sound, New York, NY
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

All songs composed by Brad Mehldau

Design by Barbara de Wilde
Artwork by Benita Raphan
Photography by Lourdes Delgado