Seymour Reads the Constitution!

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, performs three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe’s “Almost Like Being in Love”). Seymour Reads the Constitution is available everywhere.



Brad was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
De-Dah (track from Seymour Reads the Constitution

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Seymour Reads the Constitution


Jazzwise Names Seymour Reads the Constitution! as one of the Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2018:

“Brad Mehldau’s teasing talent for setting a mood of fascinating expectation and then unhurriedly revealing its multiple implications has been a marvel of contemporary jazz since the 1990s, and rarely more so than on this riveting seventh album featuring his longterm trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. Mehldau plays that game from the first moments of the standout opener, ‘Spiral’ – at first alone and almost absent-mindedly spinning a descending eight-note ostinato, then floating a spacious treble melody over it, quickly joined by a bass pulse and discreet latin snare-tick to unwrap a long piano improv of asymmetrical lines, playful delays, and fresh melodies as that hypnotic left-hand mantra murmurs on. The title-track, a deceptively languid waltz with a central role for the imaginative Grenadier, similarly kindles a stream of intensifying variations in which Mehldau never raises his pianistic voice. ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ (one of five covers) is playful and springy, Elmo Hope’s ‘De-Dah’ is rhythmically jagged and then euphorically-swinging bebop, Brian Wilson’s ‘Friends’ is massaged by slinky long lines and hints of blues, Sam Rivers’ ‘Beatrice’ is a tender melody soon stirred into a Bill Evans-reminiscent trio sprint that propels the leader into some of his most freewheeling doubletime flights. The ever-empathic Mehldau trio might offer a familiar brew, but it never stops fizzing with life.”
– John Fordham


Seymour Reads the Constitution!

1. Spiral
(Brad Mehldau)

2. Seymore Reads the Constitution!
(Brad Mehldau)

3. Almost Like Being in Love
(Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe

4. De-Dah
(Elmo Hope)

5. Friends
(Brian Wilson/Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Al Jardine)

6. Ten Tune
(Brad Mehldau)

7. Great Day
(Paul McCartney

8. Beatrice
(Sam Rivers



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Brad Mehldau, piano
Larry Grenadier, bass
Jeff Ballard, drums

Produced by Brad Mehldau

Recorded and Mixed by James Farber at Avatar Studios, New York, NY
Assistant Engineers: Aki Nishimura, Tim Marchiafava
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Production Coordinator: Tom Korkidis
Design by John Gall
Cover Photograph by Mitch Epstein
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Thanks very much to Larry, Jeff, James Farber, Aki Nishimura, Greg Calbi, Bob Hurwitz and everyone at Nonesuch, Scott and Tom and the crew at IMN, Vincent Rousseau, and Dan Coleman at Modern Works Publishing.