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
GenreJazz
Length69:56
LabelNonesuch
7559-79910-2
ProducerBrad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau chronology
House on Hill
(2002–05)
Day Is Done
(2005)
Metheny/Mehldau
(2005)

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  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