Jacob's Ladder will be the next album from Brad Mehldau, the pianist's long-time label Nonesuch has announced indicating 18 March as a release date. Joining Mehldau on the album are Chris Thile, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mark Guiliana, Becca Stevens and Joel Frahm among others. 'Maybe As His Skies are Wide' from the album is streaming riffing off a Rush piece 'Tom Sawyer' in part.
Mehldau says: “The musical conduit on the record is prog. Prog, progressive rock, was the music of my childhood, before I discovered jazz. It matched the fantasy and science fiction books I read from CS Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle and others at that time, aged ten through twelve. 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. Jazz shared with prog a broader expressive scope and larger-scale ambitions than the rock music I had known already.''