Revered US pianist Brad Mehldau is set to release his new album, Finding Gabriel, on 17 May via the Nonesuch imprint. Following in quick succession from his two 2018 releases, Seymour Reads the Constitution! and After Bach, the pianist throws something of a conceptual curve-ball with this new nine-song suite inspired by his in-depth reading of The Bible.

Featuring Mehldau on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes and vocals, the experimental mix of acoustic piano, synths, choral sections and free-flowing contemporary jazz and electronica is reminiscent of his 2014 Mehliana album, Taming The Dragon, with drummer Mark Guiliana (who also appears here), but stretches the stylistic palette far wider. This is also thanks to the numerous high-calibre guest musicians appearing on the record, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Chris Cheek and Becca Stevens, among others, on what is the pianist’s most wide-ranging collaboration to date.

Mehldau explains the roots of his religious inspirations in the album’s extensive press notes: “The Bible felt like a corollary and perhaps a guide to the present day – one long nightmare or a signpost leading to potential gnosis, depending on how you read it.”

Mike Flynn

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