8 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In a dream, pianist Brad Mehldau heard the late Philip Seymour Hoffman reading the Constitution while a melody played. That melody became the title track here, a loping slow waltz that captures Mehldau’s venerated trio in all its soulful subtlety and restraint. The standard “Almost Like Being in Love,” by contrast, recalls the unstoppable tempos of some of Mehldau’s earliest recordings. Bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard are in full mind-meld, whether it’s Beach Boys and Paul McCartney reinventions (“Friends,” “Great Day”) or knotty originals like “Spiral” and “Ten Tune.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In a dream, pianist Brad Mehldau heard the late Philip Seymour Hoffman reading the Constitution while a melody played. That melody became the title track here, a loping slow waltz that captures Mehldau’s venerated trio in all its soulful subtlety and restraint. The standard “Almost Like Being in Love,” by contrast, recalls the unstoppable tempos of some of Mehldau’s earliest recordings. Bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard are in full mind-meld, whether it’s Beach Boys and Paul McCartney reinventions (“Friends,” “Great Day”) or knotty originals like “Spiral” and “Ten Tune.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Boolez ,

A return to form

Mehldau's past experiments have been nothing short of embarrising. Not least of which his most recent Bach expereiment. Here, however, he returns with his trio doing what they do best. This could have easily been something out of his late 90/early 2000 playbook. And thank god for that. Whatever musical sins Mehldau committed in the last few years, this album makes an effor to correct them. Get this and enjoy it while you can. -Bz

AKStephan ,

Fantastic!

Two thumbs up!

UKNick ,

Master Class in Jazz piano

Another brilliant outing combining thoughtful covers with original compositions. There’s a bit more attention played to jazz with Kamasi Washington and London acts like Sons of Kemet making it cool again but don’t forget older masters like Mehldau

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