Anything Goes (Brad Mehldau album)

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Anything Goes
Anything Goes cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2004[1]
RecordedOctober 8–9, 2002[2]
StudioAvatar Studios, NYC
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerMatt Pierson, Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau chronology
Anything Goes
Live in Tokyo
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian5/5 stars[3]
Now2/5 Ns[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[5]
Tom HullB+[7]

Anything Goes is a contemporary jazz album by the Brad Mehldau trio. The title track is Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" arranged for the trio. The album, like many of Mehldau's other albums, contains several jazz arrangements of pop/rock songs, including "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon, and "Everything in Its Right Place" by Radiohead.[2]


Tim Perlich of Now stated, "Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has never been much of a risk-taker, preferring instead to straddle the thin line that divides the progressively minded traditionalists and the conservative modernists. On the disappointing Anything Goes, Mehldau surrenders to his commercial impulses and adopts the clichéd contemporary pop-jazz album formula."[4] John Fordham of The Guardian wrote, "As before, it's a mix of standards, quirkily personal choices and a Radiohead theme, but Anything Goes is likely to rank very high in the Mehldau trio list."[3] Matt Collar of AllMusic commented, " Anything Goes moves from the expected to the inspired and that alone makes this worth a listen."[2]

Track listing[]

  1. "Get Happy" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 9:47
  2. "Dreamsville" (Raymond B. Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) – 5:03
  3. "Anything Goes" (Cole Porter) – 7:08
  4. "Tres Palabras" (Osvaldo Farrés) – 5:01
  5. "Skippy" (Thelonious Monk) – 5:24
  6. "Nearness of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) – 6:43
  7. "Still Crazy After All These Years" (Paul Simon) – 5:21
  8. "Everything in Its Right Place" (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood) – 6:55
  9. "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin, Geoff Parsons, James John Turner Phillips) – 6:48
  10. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 4:49



  • Produced by Brad Mehldau and Matt Pierson
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • Engineered by James Farber, Steve Mazur, Aya Takemura
  • Photography by Warren Darius Aftahi
  • Production Coordination by Dana Watson


  1. ^ Ouellette, Dan (March 6, 2004) "Brad Mehldau Trio: Anything Goes". Billboard. Volume 116/10. p. 35.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Collar, Matt "Brad Mehldau/Brad Mehldau Trio: Anything Goes: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Fordham, John (February 20, 2004) "Brad Mehldau, Anything Goes". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Perlich, Tim (4 March 2004). "Brad Mehldau Trio". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 990. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (March 22, 2004). "Brad Mehldau: Anything Goes". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Brad Mehldau". Tom Hull. Retrieved 13 July 2020.

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