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 for pre-order now at iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where an instant download of the album track “Spiral“ is included with purchase. The album also can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.
The Trio’s previous release, Blues and Ballads (2016), received critical acclaim, with the Guardian saying, “Mehldau is a genius (and a still-improving one) at taking predictable materials to unpredictable destinations … These are old songs subjected to an old jazz method, but brought scintillatingly into the here and now.” Mehldau released the solo album After Bach earlier this year, comprising the pianist/composer’s recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an “After Bach” piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. The Financial Times said of After Bach, “As each piece gathers momentum, fresh melodies emerge, change shape and are developed anew over voicings that shimmer, fade and rumble to a peak. And, following Bach, Mehldau’s improvisations unfold with an iron inner logic, a reminder … that Bach, in his day, was admired more for his abilities as an improviser than for his written scripts.”
Seymour Reads the Constitution
2. Seymore Reads the Constitution!
3. Almost Like Being in Love
(Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe
(Brian Wilson/Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Al Jardine)
6. Ten Tune
7. Great Day
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.