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Metheny Mehldau Quartet

Brad Mehldau, Pat MethenyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Quartet expands upon the extraordinary musical dialogue - or, as puts it, the "dream pairing" - begun by guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau on their 2006 collaboration, Metheny/Mehldau. This time they incorporate the members of Mehldau's trio, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, into a breathtakingly eclectic set, which ranges from the airy, pastoral "So Much Music Everywhere" to straight-up rocking in the slowly building "Towards The Light.'

New Age-leaning guitarist Pat Metheny and melancholic pianist Brad Mehldau have such distinctive, even rarified, sensibilities (each an acquired taste for some listeners), that their teaming may have looked like a one-time commercial ploy in the beginning. But having found rewarding common ground and a receptive audience through their shared love of pop, Brazilian music and Americana, they likely will work together again. Recorded at the same time as their first album, a duo effort, Quartet takes a satisfying step forward in featuring the Mehldau trio's first-rate bass and drum team, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, on most of the tracks. Ranging from rhapsodic reflections to full-tilt fusion fare to loping, Wes Montgomery-inspired tunes--and let's not overlook that Asian-tinged song featuring Metheny on 42-string guitar--the music is sometimes a bit soft at the core. But when the stars are aligned, as on the effortlessly flowing, co-written opener, "A Night Away," and Metheny's charming "En La Tierra Que No Olvida," their partnership glows. It will be interesting to hear where they go from here. --Lloyd Sachs

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying March 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A continuation of the earlier historic meeting of these two seminal jazz artists, the eponymous Metheny/Mehldau disc which was released exactly six months earlier, Quartet reverses the proceedings, featuring mainly quartet numbers (Metheny, electric, acoustic, 42-string, and guitar synth; Mehldau, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass; and Jeff Ballard, drums, the last two the rhythm section of Mehldau's regular trio) and a few Metheny/Mehldau duos.

After repeated listenings, I'm convinced this disc displays all the earmarks of a classic--great songs, spectacular playing by the leaders, magical group interaction; and it's brilliantly recorded as well, with stunning clarity and imaging. The mercurial Metheny displays his full arsenal: lovely romantic acoustic musings on "Don't Wait"; the mysterioso/Celtic-sounding 42-string guitar on "The Sound of Water"; if not exactly guitar heroics, some serious e-guitar shredding on "Fear and Trembling"; the trademark synth guitar, going all the way back to at least Offramp, lighting up the anthemic "Towards the Light" and more gently gracing the balladic, samba-ish "Secret Beach". The highlight for me is the friendly/forbidding "En la Tierra Que no Olvida" (roughly translated, I believe, as "In the Land Where no One Lives"--nicely evoking the Scottish Highlands of the sleeve cover, or, perhaps some Scandinavian wastes, or even Patagonia, given the Latinate vibe) which lilts and gambols with measured frenzy, casually evoking "Are You Going with Me" and also exhibiting Mehldau's sly brilliance with Latin material.

Throughout, Mehldau displays his huge chops lightly worn, always finding the exact chordal voicings on his splendid comping, and soloing with a controlled abandon.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one! March 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
These two guys are very clever. Putting their incredible musical capabilities to one side for a minute, they are obviously good businessmen as well. It would seem to me that while the first set of songs they put out last year on the Metheny / Mehldau CD were pretty good, they definitely saved the best till last. I'm guessing it's also going to work out better for them to have the two sets on separate albums when it seems they could've easily put everything out on a double CD last year.

Not that I'm complaining. Good music is always worth paying a little extra for in my humble view and there is good music aplenty on this CD. There are more songs in the quartet format here than in the last one, hence the title I suppose, and Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard more than step up to the plate. While Mehldau sticks to playing piano, Metheny gives us 42-string guitar, acoustic guitar and guitar synth (which works better on this CD than on the last one, I would say).

Each song says something different to me and touches me in different ways. I have no favourites. This is a solid set of 11 modern jazz songs. Metheny writes 7 of them, Mehldau writes 3 and one of the songs is co-written by them both. The more I play it, the more I love it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The First One April 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The first collaboration between these label mates and jazz giants seemed a little tentative. Like both men were afraid of stepping on each other toes. It was pleasant enough but in my mind fell a little short. I'm willing to admit that my expectations from these two men are probably unreasonably high. However, outing number two seems like Pat and Brad are more comfortable with each other and have found a groove. The proceedings tend to be dominated by Pat but Brad doesn't exactly slip into the roll of sideman. He is given the opportunity to show why he's probably the best jazz pianist out there today. Pat is, well Pat. A sublime, deeply satisfying experience and the very model of understated brilliance. Cool!Metheny Mehldau Quartet
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXTREMELY STRONG FOLLOW UP April 3, 2007
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From the opening drum kick this is a significantlty more dynamic and impressive recording than the first collaboration, and that was a lovely pastoral recollection of the joys of Bill Evans and Jim Hall. For this one, Mehldau's full band jumps in and they rock harder throughout this disc than any of Metheny's stripped down Group ensembles. That's a very good thing for Metheny. Anything that opens him up beyond the closed ranks of Rodby and Mays pays significant dividends to his outlook. For Mehldau, to work with a protean guitarist like Metheny gives him an edge that sometimes lies subsurface in his own recordings.

This is more akin to what you might here from the Scandinavians, most specifically the irrepressible EST. Thus, you'll find that as terrifically as this is recorded, the music flies and rocks and pushes all the principles in more adventuresome dynamics than are standard fare for them. Without question, this is a stand out disc in Metheny's impressive body of work and should be on any jazz devotee's i-pod, cd spinner, whatever. This is a keeper. Small wonders abound as well. The usual geeky use of the 42-string harp guitar, which most times is a tech-head diversion of little significant contribution, is here put to great employ in the service of the cuts on which it appears. There may be a point to all that after all.

I am still waiting for Metheny to get on the download bandwagon, as Live he is a different beast altogether. And last year's Quartet with the Sanchez's and Christian McBride in Wilmington was possibly the best concert of his I have ever seen, warts and all. Who knows maybe he'd even more time to stay home? Anyway, we'll dream on and celebrate this effort. 5 stars and superb all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Amazing Start deserves another
See my Review of the second one, I am equally impressed with this first effort by these two modern titans, and can say here as well, that who these men are, what they achieve on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Neal
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Not quite what I expected from Pat Metheny. Definitely more of a classic jazz flavor, as opposed to the more contemporary flavor he typically plays. Read more
Published 10 months ago by N. Beasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.

If you have followed Pat Metheny through the years, you will realize... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to be accurate...

This is a great album containing very lovely, interesting and enjoyable music. Kudos to Metheny and Mehldau and band. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DarknessNoon
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent album, grows on you real fast
"It is not Metheny's best album" - we can pretty much say this of any artist/band that puts out an album these days - we each have our own favorite (Watercolors, Wichita Falls,... Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by LB
5.0 out of 5 stars islander
Both are creative and courageous. Pat has more time under his belt and may not feel fear, but Brad is going to be a creative force and I would expect he and Pat to team up... Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by Edward Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the duo Mehldau disc
This really sounds more like a Pat Metheny album than the companion disc he did with Brad Mehldau. That one was too busy, and lacked real tunes. Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring Melodies, Driving Rhythms
Earlier this year I picked up a copy of these two jazz giants' first collaborative effort, simply titled Metheny Mehldau (Nonesuch 79964-2). Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but not memorable
I had most of Pat Metheny's musical output. I did not have this and I did not have his very first CD "Pat Metheny Group." I ordered both CD's at the same time. Read more
Published on July 14, 2008 by Justarasta
2.0 out of 5 stars Mehldau is no Mays
I have been a huge Metheny fan since the Offramp tour. But I find this CD almost unlistenable. All of the Mehldau/Metheny music sounds like "Pat Light"--you know, "Weather... Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by bill williams
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