The Brad Mehldau Trio's Day Is Done marks the Trio debut of drummer Jeff Ballard, who joins Mehldau on piano and Larry Grenadier on bass. For his second album on Nonesuch, Mehldau continues his Anglophile bent with an interpretation of English singer / songwriter Nick Drake's "Day Is Done," a unique take on the Beatles' quirky gem "Martha My Dear," and the British band Radiohead's "Knives Out." Also on the record are tunes by Burt Bacharach and Paul Simon, as well as two of Mehldau's own compositions, among others.
Mehldau calls Day Is Done, which was recorded mostly over an exhilarating six or seven hour period, a "high-octane record, with a few moments of respite here and there."
T. Fuchs in Stereo 10 / 05: "Beeindruckend, wie Mehldau
Fremdmaterial handhabt: "Martha My Dear", einst Hommage
von Paul McCartney an seinen Hirtenhund, gerät unter den
Händen von Mehldau zum furiosen Stakkato, ein zweiter
Beatles-Titel ("She´s Leaving Home") kommt flott im 6 / 8
Takt daher, als sei er für Mehldau geschrieben."
K. v. Seckendorf in Rolling Stone 10 / 05: "Hoch entwickelte
Klavierkultur und Improvisationskunst."