Kevin Hays Looking Up | Photo by Damian Sim

After a successful Pledgemusic campaign and two days of recording in August, The New Day Trio’s upcoming album is currently in post-production. With 9 new original compositions and several vocal performances, including an arresting rendition of the Jimmy Webb classic ‘Highwayman’, the album marks Hays’s return to the studio and first release in over 3 years. Produced by Grammy-nominated Matt Pierson, the new album also features special guests Gregoire Maret (harmonica) and Tony Scherr (guitar).

Advanced digital copies will be available November 1 and physical copies February 2015. Both may be pre-ordered through Pledgemusic.


A collaboration between Kevin Hays, Brad Mehldau, and composer/arranger Patrick Zimmerli, Modern Music (Nonesuch) features pieces written by each of the three musicians as well as works by Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, and Philip Glass with arrangements by Zimmerli.

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A beguiling and richly detailed piano duet.
5 stars. – Financial Times

Modern Music


Variations (Pirouet) is Kevin’s latest release and features the pianist in a solo context. Recorded in December 2010, Variations presents a suite of improvisations co-produced by Patrick Zimmerli, who helped provide structural support throughout the project.

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The results are striking and moving.
4 stars. – The Irish Times