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by Doug Collette
The track listing of Seymour Reads The Constitution! is ultimately as deceptive as the album's title (not to mention its cryptic cover image). The ten cuts feature only three compositions written by Brad Mehldau, yet these pieces constitute almost half the record's sixty-plus minutes playing time. As a result, the covers provide exceptional pacing because the pianist and his band explore that material just as deftly, only slightly less intently. And markedly less intensely than, for example, the ...read more
by John Dworkin
More than any other artist, Brad Mehldau has tapped into today's jazz zeitgeist. Oft-times (maybe always), a cultural zeitgeist is difficult to define or encapsulate. But you know it when you see (hear) it: In walked Brad. That's part of the function, mystery, and beauty of Art. It gives form to what would otherwise be near impossible to express, releasing a certain type of inner pressure that builds up from an inability to explain oneself. His trio's new CD, Day ...read more
by Doug Collette
Brad Mehldau Trio Day Is Done Nonesuch Records 2005
Brad Mehldau is one of jazz's most talented and prolific artists. Through the course of his recording career, he has proved himself open to innovation (Largo) and reverential of tradition (the Art of the Trio series). He is a deeply thoughtful presence (see his liner notes to Elegiac Cycle), but also displays a healthy sense of humor (the inside photos to Places). All ...read more
by John Kelman
Two years after Largo , pianist Brad Mehldau returns to more familiar territory with Anything Goes , his first studio trio recording in four years. Familiar it may be--as he reconvenes his empathetic relationship with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy--but safe it is not.
On a programme surprisingly devoid of original material, Mehldau still manages to take a number of worn chestnuts and reinvigorate them by liberally reworking their structures. Get Happy" is played in 7/4, and while ...read more