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Jacob's Ladder

Brad Mehldau

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Brad Mehldau has never snubbed the music of his time. On the contrary, he’s seen as the heir to the legacy created by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. In fact, he’s often had to remove the crown people so desperately wanted to place upon his head during his early days. However, Jacob’s Ladder is Brad Mehldau’s most unusual project yet... It sees him branch into the realms of progressive rock and venture beyond the ordinary. This album is predominantly a nod to retro: a throwback to Mehldau’s youth when he was gorging on prog music by Rush, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. "Prog – progressive rock – was the music of my childhood before I discovered jazz. It was the fantasy and Sci-Fi books I’d read by C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle and many others, when I was 10, 12. It was my gateway to the fusion of Miles Davis, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and other groups, which in turn was the gateway to more jazz. The prog from Rush, Gentle Giant, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer…  These bands and others have continued to influence newer groups that bring prog impulses into the arena of hard rock and screaming math metal, like Periphery, whose music is included here and inspired the powerful vocals in Herr und Knecht. ”

The result is as confusing and eclectic as 70s progressive rock gets. With drummer Mark Guiliana, saxophonist Joel Frahm, mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Pedro Martins, and vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Becca Stevens, Tobias Bader, Safia McKinney-Askeur and Luca van den Bossche, Brad Mehldau has produced a record that oscillates between different sounds and styles; something completely different from his previous albums that featured little more than piano, bass and drums. Half concept-album, half an exploration of the mind, the relentless rhythm changes and intriguing compositions poke fun at the constraints of genre. He doesn’t shy away from producing his own take on other artists’ work either, covering Tom Sawyer by Rush. Even his choice of instruments is bold. There’s everything from the good old Steinway to the glockenspiel, as well as Korg and Yamaha synths, a Moog, a Wurlitzer, a Mellotron, a Fender Rhodes piano, a harmonium and a Hammond organ! This level of creativity will leave you perplexed and hypnotised. One thing’s for sure: Mehldau’s Jacob’s Ladder will leave its mark on everyone… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
maybe as his skies are wide
00:03:43

Pye Dubois, Writer - Alex Lifeson, Writer - Geddy Lee, Writer - Neil Peart, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by, Samples - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Glockenspiel, Synthesizer, Grand Piano, Samples, MainArtist - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician - Luca van den Bossche, Treble Vocals

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
Herr und Knecht
00:07:47

John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Electric Piano, Writer, Synthesizer, Moog, Grand Piano, Wurlitzer Piano, MainArtist, Emulator Synthesizer - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums - Joel Frahm, Soprano Saxophone - Becca Stevens, Additional Vocals - Tobias Bader, Screams Vocals - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Michael McKiervnan, Technician

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
(Entr’acte) Glam Perfume
00:05:44

John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Writer, Moog, Grand Piano, Mellotron, MainArtist - Lavinia Meijer, Harp - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Becca Stevens, Vocals - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
Cogs in Cogs, Pt. I: Dance
00:04:11

Ray Shulman, Writer - Derek Shulman, Writer - Kerry Minnear, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by, Drum Programming - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Xylophone, Fender Rhodes Piano, Moog, Harmonium, Bass Organ, Grand Piano, MainArtist, Emulator Synthesizer - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
Cogs in Cogs, Pt. II: Song (feat. Becca Stevens)
00:04:02

Ray Shulman, Writer - Derek Shulman, Writer - Kerry Minnear, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by, Drum Programming - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer, Grand Piano, MainArtist, Emulator Synthesizer - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums - Becca Stevens, Lead Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Michael McKiervnan, Technician - Motomi Igarashi-de Jong, Lirone Cello

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
Cogs in Cogs, Pt. III: Double Fugue
00:04:30

Ray Shulman, Writer - Derek Shulman, Writer - Kerry Minnear, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Moog, MainArtist, Emulator Synthesizer - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Alex Deturk, Masterer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
Tom Sawyer (feat. Chris Thile)
00:07:44

Chris Thile, Mandolin, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pye Dubois, Writer - Alex Lifeson, Writer - Geddy Lee, Writer - Neil Peart, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by, Drum Programming - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Electric Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, Moog, Grand Piano, MainArtist, Prophet Synthesizer, Juno Synthesizer, Emulator Synthesizer - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums - Joel Frahm, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Luca van den Bossche, Treble Vocals - Michael McKiervnan, Technician

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
Vou correndo te encontrar / Racecar
00:05:05

John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Synthesizer, Grand Piano, MainArtist - Casey Sabol, Writer - Pedro Martins, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Thomas Murphy, Writer - Jake Bowen, Writer - Misha Mansoor, Writer - Spencer Sotelo, Writer - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Matthew Halpern, Writer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician - Alexander Bois, Writer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. I: Liturgy
00:01:27

PUBLIC DOMAIN, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Dave Cook, Engineer - Brad Mehldau, Producer, MainArtist, Spoken Voice Vocals - Timothy Hill, Spoken Voice Vocals - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Becca Stevens, Spoken Voice Vocals - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Safia Mckinney-Askeur, Spoken Voice Vocals - Jasper Trim, Engineer - Luca van den Bossche, Spoken Voice Vocals - Damien Mehldau, Spoken Voice Vocals - Mike Triim, Engineer - Oliver Stack, Engineer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

10
Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. II: Song
00:11:30

Alex Lifeson, Writer - Geddy Lee, Writer - Neil Peart, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Moog, Grand Piano, Mellotron, Sleigh Bells, Upright Piano, MainArtist - Paul Pouwer , Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums, Electronic Drums - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Safia Mckinney-Askeur, Vocals - Jasper Trim, Engineer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician - Michael McKiervnan, Guitar Technician - Motomi Igarashi-de Jong, Lirone Cello - Mike Triim, Engineer - Oliver Stack, Engineer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

11
Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. III: Ladder
00:04:19

John Davis, Producer, Engineer, Recorded by - Dave Cook, Engineer - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Bells, Tenor Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, Spoken Voice Vocals - Fleurine, Spoken Voice Vocals - Timothy Hill, Bass Vocals - Paul Pouwer , Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Becca Stevens, Soprano Vocals, Alto Vocals - Joris Roelofs, Bass Clarinet - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Safia Mckinney-Askeur, Soprano Vocals, Alto Vocals - Jasper Trim, Engineer - Luca van den Bossche, Treble Vocals - Motomi Igarashi-de Jong, Lirone Cello - Mike Triim, Engineer - Oliver Stack, Engineer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

12
Heaven: I. All Once – II. Life Seeker – III. Würm – IV. Epilogue: It Was a Dream but I Carry It Still (feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant)
00:10:07

Jon Anderson, Writer - John Davis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorded by - Brad Mehldau, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes Piano, Background Vocals, Synthesizer, Grand Piano, MainArtist, Juno Synthesizer, Shaker Egg Percussion - Chris Squire, Writer - Steve Howe, Writer - Pedro Martins, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Lavinia Meijer, Harp - Paul Pouwer , Bass Drums, Engineer, Recorded by - Mark Guiliana, Drums - Cécile McLorin Salvant, FeaturedArtist - Becca Stevens, Background Vocals - Alex Deturk, Masterer - Safia Mckinney-Askeur, Lead Vocals - Jasper Trim, Engineer - Danilo Cosucci, Technician - Luca van den Bossche, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals - Michael McKiervnan, Technician - Mike Triim, Engineer - Oliver Stack, Engineer

© 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Nonesuch Records Inc.

Album Description

Brad Mehldau has never snubbed the music of his time. On the contrary, he’s seen as the heir to the legacy created by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. In fact, he’s often had to remove the crown people so desperately wanted to place upon his head during his early days. However, Jacob’s Ladder is Brad Mehldau’s most unusual project yet... It sees him branch into the realms of progressive rock and venture beyond the ordinary. This album is predominantly a nod to retro: a throwback to Mehldau’s youth when he was gorging on prog music by Rush, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. "Prog – progressive rock – was the music of my childhood before I discovered jazz. It was the fantasy and Sci-Fi books I’d read by C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle and many others, when I was 10, 12. It was my gateway to the fusion of Miles Davis, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and other groups, which in turn was the gateway to more jazz. The prog from Rush, Gentle Giant, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer…  These bands and others have continued to influence newer groups that bring prog impulses into the arena of hard rock and screaming math metal, like Periphery, whose music is included here and inspired the powerful vocals in Herr und Knecht. ”

The result is as confusing and eclectic as 70s progressive rock gets. With drummer Mark Guiliana, saxophonist Joel Frahm, mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Pedro Martins, and vocals by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Becca Stevens, Tobias Bader, Safia McKinney-Askeur and Luca van den Bossche, Brad Mehldau has produced a record that oscillates between different sounds and styles; something completely different from his previous albums that featured little more than piano, bass and drums. Half concept-album, half an exploration of the mind, the relentless rhythm changes and intriguing compositions poke fun at the constraints of genre. He doesn’t shy away from producing his own take on other artists’ work either, covering Tom Sawyer by Rush. Even his choice of instruments is bold. There’s everything from the good old Steinway to the glockenspiel, as well as Korg and Yamaha synths, a Moog, a Wurlitzer, a Mellotron, a Fender Rhodes piano, a harmonium and a Hammond organ! This level of creativity will leave you perplexed and hypnotised. One thing’s for sure: Mehldau’s Jacob’s Ladder will leave its mark on everyone… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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