Along with two originals, Mehldau’s reinvigorated trio interprets the Beatles, Bacharach, Paul Simon, Radiohead, and Nick Drake. The Independent (UK) praises, “With new drummer Jeff Ballard adding fresh impetus, this recording ranks as one of the best in a brilliant catalogue.”
The Brad Mehldau Trio's Day Is Done marks the Trio debut of drummer Jeff Ballard, who joins Mehldau on piano and Larry Grenadier on bass. For his second album on Nonesuch, Mehldau continues his Anglophile bent with an interpretation of English singer/songwriter Nick Drake's "Day Is Done," a unique take on the Beatles' quirky gem "Martha My Dear," and the British band Radiohead's "Knives Out." Also on the record are tunes by Burt Bacharach and Paul Simon, as well as two of Mehldau's own compositions, among others.
Mehldau calls Day Is Done, which was recorded mostly over an exhilarating six or seven hour period, a "high-octane record, with a few moments of respite here and there."
Produced by Brad Mehldau
All tracks except track 3 recorded on March 13, 2005
Track three recorded on March 14, 2005
Recorded and Mixed by James Farber at Avatar Studios, New York, NY
Assistant Engineer: Aya Takemura
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, New York, NY
Assistant: Maria Triana
Design by Doyle Partners
Cover Photography by Diane Cook & Len Jenshel
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
Brad Mehldau, piano
Larry Grenadier, bass
Jeff Ballard, drums