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  • Brad Mehldau has shared the story behind the title track to his new Trio album, Seymour Reads The Constitution!, in a new essay. "In 2014, I had a dream that the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was reading the American Constitution to me," he begins. You can read what he has to say here.

  • Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution! , is out now. The pianist and his longtime trio—drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier—perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and the American songbook (Frederick Loewe). "This is sumptuous, collective improvisation of the highest order," exclaims The Arts Desk's five-star review. "It's so good, it sounds effortless ... Gorgeous."

  • About This Album

    Brad Mehldau recently was described by the Washington Post as “one of his generation’s most gifted and thoughtful pianists.” On his Nonesuch debut, Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo, he interprets material from artists as varied as George and Ira Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Nick Drake, and Radiohead. The record, which was recorded during a recent solo performance in Japan, will be released on September 14, 2004.

    Mehldau first came to the attention of jazz audiences in the early 1990s as a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s quartet. He soon embarked on a recording career of his own, releasing ten critically acclaimed albums on Warner Bros. during the last decade. Included among them are five volumes of his Art of the Trio series with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; a classically inspired solo studio disc, Elegiac Cycle; and Largo, an experimental outing with producer Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple) that introduced electronic and subtle pop elements into Mehldau’s approach. His most recent trio record, Anything Goes—which the New York Times called “the best Mehldau record yet”—was released in early 2004. Mehldau currently is working on a piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall for voice and piano, to be performed in the spring of 2005 with soprano Renee Fleming.

    Speaking of this recording and his new label, Mehldau said, I’m very happy and excited about my new relationship with Nonesuch Records. I’ve been a great fan of so many recordings from Nonesuch over the years—Dawn Upshaw’s lieder recitals, Richard Goode’s Beethoven Sonata Cycle, Bill Frisell’s recordings, or Steve Reich’s music, just to name a few. It’s a real honor to be associated with such a level of integrity. From the first time I met Bob Hurwitz and talked with him, it struck me that he is first and foremost concerned with the musical quality of the recordings he is involved with, and everything else is secondary. Many other people in the music business may preach a ‘music first’ philosophy, but the team at Nonesuch is actually practicing that philosophy”

    Nonesuch President Robert Hurwitz added, “I have greatly admired Brad from a distance for years; when the opportunity arose for a chance to work with him, we immediately jumped at it. It is one thing to be a great pianist, another to be an original, and yet another to be a visionary. To be all three at once is the rarest of events. We feel Brad is this rare of a musician, and we are privileged to be working with him at Nonesuch.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Brad Mehldau, piano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Brad Mehldau
    Recorded live in concert February 15, 2003, Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo
    Engineer: Yoshihito Saegusa
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Photographs of Brad Mehldau by Michael Wilson

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Mehldau interprets Gershwin, Monk, Nick Drake, and Radiohead. The Philadelphia Inquirer declares, “Mehldau shows more than awesome technique on this heartfelt romp ... He dives deep like Keith Jarrett and comes out in unexpected places like an explorer.”

Description: 

Brad Mehldau recently was described by the Washington Post as “one of his generation’s most gifted and thoughtful pianists.” On his Nonesuch debut, Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo, he interprets material from artists as varied as George and Ira Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Nick Drake, and Radiohead. The record, which was recorded during a recent solo performance in Japan, will be released on September 14, 2004.

Mehldau first came to the attention of jazz audiences in the early 1990s as a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s quartet. He soon embarked on a recording career of his own, releasing ten critically acclaimed albums on Warner Bros. during the last decade. Included among them are five volumes of his Art of the Trio series with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; a classically inspired solo studio disc, Elegiac Cycle; and Largo, an experimental outing with producer Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple) that introduced electronic and subtle pop elements into Mehldau’s approach. His most recent trio record, Anything Goes—which the New York Times called “the best Mehldau record yet”—was released in early 2004. Mehldau currently is working on a piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall for voice and piano, to be performed in the spring of 2005 with soprano Renee Fleming.

Speaking of this recording and his new label, Mehldau said, I’m very happy and excited about my new relationship with Nonesuch Records. I’ve been a great fan of so many recordings from Nonesuch over the years—Dawn Upshaw’s lieder recitals, Richard Goode’s Beethoven Sonata Cycle, Bill Frisell’s recordings, or Steve Reich’s music, just to name a few. It’s a real honor to be associated with such a level of integrity. From the first time I met Bob Hurwitz and talked with him, it struck me that he is first and foremost concerned with the musical quality of the recordings he is involved with, and everything else is secondary. Many other people in the music business may preach a ‘music first’ philosophy, but the team at Nonesuch is actually practicing that philosophy”

Nonesuch President Robert Hurwitz added, “I have greatly admired Brad from a distance for years; when the opportunity arose for a chance to work with him, we immediately jumped at it. It is one thing to be a great pianist, another to be an original, and yet another to be a visionary. To be all three at once is the rarest of events. We feel Brad is this rare of a musician, and we are privileged to be working with him at Nonesuch.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Brad Mehldau
Recorded live in concert February 15, 2003, Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo
Engineer: Yoshihito Saegusa
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photographs of Brad Mehldau by Michael Wilson

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79853

Number of Discs in Set: 
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