Brad Mehldau

Suite - April 2020 (JAZZ)

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075597919448

Suite - April 2020

Brad Mehldau

Nonesuch

075597919448

LPS 160750

JAZZ

1

LP 20,64 €



140-gram vinyl edition

When the novel coronavirus pandemic swept Europe, Brad Mehldau and his family sheltered in place at his home in the Netherlands. A month of lockdown later, he had watched the virus ravage the world, killing hundreds of thousands and putting thousands of his colleagues out of work as concerts and club dates were canceled and tours were postponed. At this point, many musicians took to social media platforms and online concerts to stay sharp. Mehldau composed a suite, April 2020, which he recorded in a solo piano setting

The suite is a 12-part, 31-minute work that offers mostly muted, introspective music. It is perhaps a reflection of his place of shelter; had he been in America, it’s likely that he might have raged more at the incompetence of political leaders. Titles like “Waking Up,” “Stepping Outside,” and “The Day Moves By” suggest a narrative movement through the sense of confusion of this moment. Others like “Keeping Distance,” “Remembering Before All This,” and “Yearning” reflect the specifics of the crisis. The plaintive, wary mood is broken by soulful overtones of “Family Harmony.” To round out the recording, Mehldau included three covers, Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” and the Jerome Kern/B.G. DeSylva chestnut “Look for the Silver Lining,” each putting a hopeful coda on music that in its own subdued way captures the dismay, horror, and uneasy trust of life during this cataclysm.

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A
  • A1. I. waking up
  • A2. II. stepping outside
  • A3. III. keeping distance
  • A4. IV. stopping, listening: hearing
  • A5. V. remembering before all this
  • A6. VI. uncertainty
  • SIDE B
  • B1. VII. – the day moves by
  • B2. VIII. yearning
  • B3. IX. waiting
  • B4. X. in the kitchen
  • B5. XI. family harmony
  • B6. XII. lullaby
  • B7. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (*)
  • B8. New York State of Mind (**)
  • B9. Look for the Silver Lining (***)
  • All songs written and performed by Brad Mehldau except where noted.
  • (*) written by Neil Young
  • (**) written by Billy Joel
  • (***) written by B.G. DeSylva / Jerome Kern