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Metheny Mehldau

Brad Mehldau & Pat Metheny

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The guitar and the piano are prone to occupying the same sonic space, a fact not lost on the two principals here. Guitarist Pat Metheny calls them “challenging instruments to combine”; pianist Brad Mehldau says they were “mindful of the murky pitfalls that can result from a guitar/piano instrumentation.” Still, these two individualistic players threw caution to the wind and let their own rather strong musical personalities take over. (Eight cuts stick to the duo format; the other two, “Ring of Life” and “Say the Brother’s Name,” bring in Mehldau’s regular rhythm section, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.) As expected, each party brings compositional skill and a unique harmonic approach to the table. Tracks like “Unrequited,” “Legend” (both written by Mehldau), “Summer Day,” and “Find Me in Your Dreams” (by Metheny) have distinct chamber-music characteristics--introspective, evocative, full of atmosphere. Elsewhere, on “Ahmid-6” and “Bachelors III” for example, the music has a bit more momentum and fluency. However, Mehldau’s “Annie’s Bittersweet Cake” really showcases the full potential of this partnership; the effortlessness of the interplay and sharpness of the dialogue counterbalance the song’s inherent tension. There’s a hint of self-indulgence (not a surprise with these two) and most of the pleasures here tend to be cerebral (as opposed to visceral), but it’s always interesting to hear musicians of this magnitude interact.

Customer Reviews

Subtle Perfection

This collection of music will creep into your subconscious and captivate you. It's subtle creations, at first listen, seems like catchy elevator music. But, like regular food cooked my a master chef, when you go back to it you will find nuances that are truly magical. This is music you can listen to repeatedly: enjoying, learning, marvelling at a collaboration that has the love of music at its heart.

Superbe

Très bon album. Jeu subtil et efficace avec des accents très modernes. Metheney merveilleux comme à l'habitude. Pour moi le pianiste est une découverte. Quel superbe musicien.

Biography

Born: August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

During the '90s and into the 2000s, Brad Mehldau was one among a plethora of young jazz pianists who rose to prominence. He is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, and he is receptive to the idea of using material from the rock era (Paul McCartney's "Blackbird," for example). Though Mehldau's training is primarily classical, his interest in jazz began early. He played in the Hall High School jazz band of Hartford, Connecticut, winning the Berklee College of Music's...
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