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Wednesday March 20, 2019

From The Mercury News

Brad Mehldau explains how a dream inspired latest acclaimed album
By: Jim Harrington

Brad Mehldau is heading back to the area for five shows. The phenomenally talented jazz pianist is supporting his latest acclaimed recording, ‘Seymour Reads the Constitution.’ The album features his regular trio partners ‘” bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard ‘” both of whom hail from the greater Bay Area. It also features, as you have probably already noticed, one of the more peculiar album titles in recent memory.

‘In 2014, I had a dream that the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was reading the American Constitution to me,’ Mehldau writes. ‘We were in a library in someone’s mansion, all oak bookshelves and leather chairs, mahogany furniture, that sort of thing. He read in a measured but slightly melancholic voice, resigned and stoic all at once. Behind his voice was the melody of what became Seymour Reads the Constitution. When I woke up I grabbed the initial melody before it faded away and wrote the (title) song.’

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