Seymour Reads the Constitution!

Seymour Reads the Constitution!

by Brad Mehldau TrioBrad Mehldau Trio


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A straightforward acoustic jazz trio album, 2018's Seymour Reads the Constitution! nonetheless holds surprises for longtime Brad Mehldau fans. Moving away from his genre-bending collaboration with Chris Thile and his equally cross-pollinated exploration of J.S. Bach's classical pieces, After Bach, Mehldau settles into this warmly rendered set of originals and covers that fits nicely into his overall discography. Joining the pianist are his longtime associates bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. Together, they've recorded often since the early 2000s, with Grenadier having worked regularly with Mehldau since the mid-'90s. Consequently, they play with an almost preternatural sensitivity, accenting each other's lines and swinging with an easy, mutative pulse. It's a sound that brings to mind Keith Jarrett, whose iconic trio is a clear touchstone for Mehldau here. The influence is especially felt on the aptly named Mehldau original "Spiral," in which the pianist lays down a descending circular theme in a roiling time signature that has the dreamy feel of riding on a train with your eyes closed. They conjure an equally Jarrett-esque vibe on their sophisticated reading of Sam Rivers' classic "Beatrice," with Mehldau moving in and out of tonality during his kinetic, serpentine solo. As intense as that track can be, it never gets out of hand. In fact, much of the album has a balmy, laid-back quality as if it were recorded during a sunny afternoon at home. That sunny atmosphere is also at the core of the title track, in which Mehldau and Grenadier often share the melody, bumping up against each other in a bluesy dance. Elsewhere, they launch into a sprightly rendition of the Lerner & Loewe standard "Almost Like Being in Love" and offer up a bright, waltz-like take on the Beach Boys' "Friends," the latter of which is so friendly you can almost sense Mehldau and his bandmates smiling at each other.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597934434
catalogNumber: 563508
Rank: 73340


  1. Spiral
  2. Seymour Reads the Constitution
  3. Almost Like Being in Love
  4. De-Dah
  5. Friends
  6. Ten Tune
  7. Great Day
  8. Beatrice

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad Mehldau Trio   Primary Artist
Larry Grenadier   Bass,Group Member
Brad Mehldau   Bass,Piano,Group Member
Jeff Ballard   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Carl Wilson   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Jardine   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Brad Mehldau   Composer,Producer
Dennis Wilson   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Mitch Epstein   Cover Photo
Sam Rivers   Composer

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