NEW DAY RELEASING APRIL 2015 ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS
Recorded during the summer of 2014, New Day features 9 new original compositions and several vocal performances, including an arresting rendition of Jimmy Webb’s classic ‘Highwayman’. The record marks Hays’s return to the studio and first release in over 3 years. Produced by Matt Pierson (Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner), the new album also features special guests Gregoire Maret (harmonica) and Tony Scherr (guitar), and the core trio of Jost and Joseph.
The record will be released in April 2015 on Sunnyside Records.
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.
A beguiling and richly detailed piano duet.
5 stars. – Financial Times
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.
The results are striking and moving.
4 stars. – The Irish Times