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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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Tour de Force

I saw these guys live and there stuff is incredible. After the concert i bought every cd they were selling and could not be more satisfied. Metheny and Mehldau represent the combination of two distinct styles and backgrounds. Brad Mehldau seems to come from avant-garde jazz exploring inside and outside the chord changes creating, at some points, blankets of sound similar to the playing of the late John Coltrane. Pat Metheny brings more of a pop-fusion influence to the group with his multiple guitars and effects. These two master artists brought together with an intense and energetic rythm section have created something that cannot be just simply classified as Jazz.

ehh...a little dissapointing

Before I continue..I'll say that I DO consider myself a pretty large Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau fan. They both represent the pinnacle of their instrument with regard to improvised music. However, this release has proved extremely dissapointing to me for a number of reasons. One, the compositions seem completely watered down and uninspired, as if Metheny ( all of the compositions seem to maintain a big helping of Metheny-ness...particularly familiar chord progressions..predictable "poppy" melodies..etc) just threw these tunes together because Nonesuch wanted an album just for the sake of it. The second irritating factor to me is that the improvising, particularly Metheny's, lacks the kind of depth and inspiration that it usually always has. I listened to the recording a number of times straight through, and I find that there isnt one truly solid track that I could stand to finish. Overall, not the stellar piece I was hoping for..but you be the judge

Metheny/Mehldau Set A Very High Bar!!

While Metheny/Mehldau was an outstanding disc, this has more range given that most of the tunes include Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard. A Night Away, Towards The Light, Fear and Trembling, and En La Tierra Que No Olvida are outstanding quartet efforts. And So Much Music Everywhere is a beautiful piece with just Pat and Brad. Metheny and Melhdau are setting an extremely high bar in the world of Jazz and this album is a perfect example.

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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