Take Five: Brad Mehldau's "Spiral"

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Monday March 26, 2018


Hear Ecstatic New Music by Dafnis Prieto, Brad Mehldau and Meshell Ndegeocello in Take Five
By: Nate Chinen

Brad Mehldau Trio, “Spiral”
The new album from the Brad Mehldau Trio, arriving on Nonesuch on May 18, bears the title Seymour Reads the Constitution! – an intriguing phrase whose full valence has yet to be explained. (Should we infer a reference to one-time Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour? Muckraking journalist Seymour Hersh? Are we overthinking this?) A more self-explanatory title can be found on the album’s lead track and first single, ‘Spiral,’ which assumes a gently swirling cadence and a bittersweet air. Mehldau’s relaxed yet focused pianism is instantly identifiable, as is his rapport with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. There’s a perfect balance of effortless drift and skittering unease in the track – a sense that something is quietly stirring, and that it might yet slip away from you.

Listen to the track and read other artist’s reviews here