Brad Mehldau Trio Returns with “Seymour Reads the Constitution!,” Due May 18 on Nonesuch

Brad Mehldau Trio‘s Seymour Reads the Constitution! is due 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”). 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 song also can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music, and below.

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.”

Brad Mehldau’s Nonesuch debut was the 2004 solo disc Live in Tokyo and includes six records with his trio: House on Hill, Day Is Done, Brad Mehldau Trio Live, Ode, Where Do You Start, and Blues and Ballads. His collaborative records on the label include Love Sublime, Highway Rider, Metheny Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau Quartet, Modern Music, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, Nearness with Joshua Redman, and last year’s Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau. His additional solo albums on Nonesuch include Live in Marciac and the eight-LP/four-CD 10 Years Solo Live, which the New York Times says “contains some of the most impressive pianism he has captured on record.”

BRAD MEHLDAU ON TOUR

Brad Mehldau Solo

Mar 28 Opéra National de Bordeaux Bordeaux, FRANCE
Mar 30 MC2 Grenoble, FRANCE
Apr 2 Philharmonie de Paris Paris, FRANCE
Apr 4 Le POC Alfortville, FRANCE

Brad Mehldau Trio

Apr 11 Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
Apr 12 Paramount Theatre Austin, TX
Apr 13 Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Houston, TX
Apr 14 Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building Richardson, TX
Apr 15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Apr 17 Wassermann Festival Concert Series Logan, UT
Apr 19–21 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA
Apr 22 Swyer Theatre Albany, NY
Apr 24 The Academy of Music Theatre Northampton, MA
May 7 Konzerthaus Berlin Berlin, GERMANY
May 8 National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
May 9–11 Bimhuis Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
May 12 Sinopoli Hall Rome, ITALY
May 13 Hybernia Theatre Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
May 15 Grande Salle Arsenal Metz, FRANCE
May 16 Théâtre de Privas Privas Cedex, FRANCE
May 17 Theatre de Sablons Neuilly, FRANCE
May 18 Wiener Konzerthaus Vienna, AUSTRIA
May 19 Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, GREECE
Jul 27 Auditorio Kursaal De San Sebastian San Sebastian, SPAIN
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SOURCE: Nonesuch
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