Day Is Done (album)

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Day Is Done
Day Is Done (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2005
RecordedMarch 13 & 14, 2005, at Avatar Studios, New York, NY
ProducerBrad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau chronology
House on Hill
Day Is Done

Day Is Done is an album by the Brad Mehldau Trio released on the Nonesuch label in 2005.[1][2] The album was Mehldau's first to feature Jeff Ballard, who replaced the Mehldau Trio's original drummer Jorge Rossy.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[5]

AllMusic awarded the album 4 stars and in its review by Thom Jurek, stated "Day Is Done is another exceptional chapter in the Mehldau catalog, one that showcases a willingness to stretch itself to the breaking point and open up the band to a wider array of approaches".[1]

The Guardian's John Fordham gave it a 4 star rating and observed "Devoted fans need not panic: this album has the characteristic absentmindedly drifting, cannily misleading intros, the gathering clamour of melodies and countermelodies and the irresistible blend of song shapes, ambiance and impressionism. However, this is a faster, more jubilant and less trancelike Mehldau band. Not necessarily better - just noticeably different".[3]

On All About Jazz, John Dworkin wrote "Day Is Done, is another addition to an increasingly impressive collection".[6] On the same site John Kelman noted "Day is Done is both a logical progression and a radical shift for Mehldau, and evident indication that it's possible—and maybe even important—to mess with success".[7]

JazzTimes reviewer, David R. Adler noted "Brad Mehldau's first trio recording for Nonesuch is also his first without Jorge Rossy at the drums. Jeff Ballard, Rossy's replacement, is far from a stranger to Mehldau and bassist Larry Grenadier, and it isn't surprising that a drummer this brilliant should take to the trio like a fish to water. But that's not to say that Day Is Done lacks surprises".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Brad Mehldau except as indicated

  1. "Knives Out" (Radiohead) - 8:29
  2. "Alfie" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - 3:46
  3. "Martha My Dear" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 4:38
  4. "Day Is Done" (Nick Drake) - 9:26
  5. "Artis" - 6:21
  6. "Turtle Town" - 6:18
  7. "She's Leaving Home" (Lennon, McCartney) - 9:07
  8. "Granada" (Chris Cheek) - 7:30
  9. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (Paul Simon) - 8:32
  10. "No Moon at All" (Redd Evans, David Mann) - 5:49



  • Produced by Brad Mehldau
  • Engineered by James Farber
  • Mastering by Mark Wilder
  • Design by Doyle Partners
  • Photography by Diane Cook, Len Jenshel and Roberto Masotti


  1. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom. "Brad Mehldau Day Is Done - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  2. ^ "Discography of Brad Mehldau". Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  3. ^ a b Fordham, G., Brad Mehldau: Day Is Done, The Guardian, September 23, 2005
  4. ^ Comiskey, Ray (October 21, 2005) "Jazz". The Irish Times. p. B12.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 989. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Dworkin, J., All About Jazz Review, October 7, 2005
  7. ^ Kelman, J., All About Jazz Review, September 21, 2005
  8. ^ Adler, D. R., Brad Mehldau Trio Day Is Done, JazzTimes, December 2005