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This is the second release by established legend Pat Metheny on guitar and emerging giant Brad Mehldau on piano, and it’s a stunner. Both players have previously proven how edgy and adventurous they can be, but they mostly tread the subtle and sophisticated route here, focusing on strong compositions, melodic improvisation, and the exchange of sympathetic solos at tempos ranging from light speed to slow burn. The title is not entirely accurate—only seven of the 11 songs actually feature the quartet—but while the four duets are undoubtedly gorgeous, particularly the tender “So Much Music Everywhere,” with its powerful build-up and release, it’s as a quartet that they truly shine. Rooted by the astonishing rhythm section of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, both of whom play regularly with Mehldau, Metheny and Mehldau create imaginative and textured soundscapes that are engaging, intensely focused, and never predictable, and the result is a beautiful and stirring piece of work that lives up to the superstar pairing. And now that Metheny and Mehldau are Nonesuch Records labelmates, perhaps we can expect, and hope for, further collaborations.

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Another great album by Metheny et al

Saw Metheny and Mehldau with their quartet at the Barbican in London earlier this week. And now I can't stop listening to this album! It's so energetic! Different from Metheny's earlier work, but yet familiar. It took a bit getting used to but now it's one my my favourite recordings. The Sound of Water is so incredibly amazing (and even more so after having seen the instrument with which it is played - a combination of a two guitars and a harp!). Really outstanding stuff!

sorry alreadynaked.

the obvious,glareingly obvious,is that it is never the USUAL STUFF from these two.take the time to really listen..the changes are really SUBTLE..everything else i agree with.just give them credit.a brilliant album...

Metheny keeps doing it!

Been a fan of Pat Metheny for years and look forward to all his new releases. I was really interested to see if a new "partner" on keyboards would inspire him ( I am a great fan of Lyle Mays and love his new albums too ) and it does!

Biography

Born: 23 August 1970 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

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

One of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, Brad Mehldau is a virtuoso performer with an ear for deeply nuanced, harmonically sophisticated acoustic jazz. While Mehldau is one of the more absorbing and thoughtful practitioners within that idiom, he is also 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 in...
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