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Seymour Reads the Constitution!

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  • The Brad Mehldau Trio begins a tour of Europe in support of its new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, with a set at the Montreux Jazz Festival tonight. The month-long tour includes shows in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland, concluding back in France at Jazz in Marciac on July 29.

  • 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."

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    Brad Mehldau Trio's Seymour Reads the Constitution! was released May 18, 2018, on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes 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 one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love"). 

    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; the album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, comprises 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."

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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

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on March 12, 2018 - 3:16pm
Artist Name: 
Brad Mehldau Trio
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Release Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

On Seymour Reads the Constitution!, Brad Mehldau Trio performs 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. "It's so good, it sounds effortless ... Gorgeous."

Description: 

Brad Mehldau Trio's Seymour Reads the Constitution! was released May 18, 2018, on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes 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 one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love"). 

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; the album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, comprises 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."

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

563508

ns_album_releasedate: 
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 15:15
Album Status: 
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Label: 
LP+MP3
UPC: 
075597934380
Price: 
21.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597934373
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
88/24 HD FLAC
UPC: 
075597929928
Price: 
15.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597934397
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597934427
Price: 
11.00
MusicianDetails: 

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

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