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Metheny / Mehldau

Brad Mehldau, Pat MethenyAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a dream pairing: Pat Metheny, the Baby Boomer guitar god whose musical palette embraces everything from Ornette Coleman to contemporary jazz, teams with pianist Brad Mehldau, the brooding Gen X prince of the piano on the verge of becoming himself. After admiring each other for years, they're now on the same label, and this dynamic duel extends their mutual admiration into a very personal and simpatico release that recalls the intimacy of that 1960s Jim Hall/Bill Evans masterpiece, Undercurrent. Save for Mehldau's bandmates drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier forming a quartet on the bop-mazed "Ring of Life" and the Afro-Caribbean cadences of "Say the Brother's Name," it's two for the road on the rest of the recording. When you hear selections like "Unrequited," "Ahmid-6," and "Make Peace," you know that this CD is only the start of something big from these two artists. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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For Brad Mehldau, this collaboration started at that "life-changing moment" when, as a 13-year-old, a friend played him "Are You Going With Me" from the Pat Methany Group's 1982 live double-album, Travels. Years later, Pat Methany heard "Chill" from saxophonist Joshua Redman's 1994 album Moodswing that featured Brad Mehldau on piano. Since, the two artists have forged an artistic partnership based on shared inspiration, not just mutual admiration. This album features music by both Methany and Mehldau, and was recorded at Right Track Studio (NYC) in December of 2005.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff February 16, 2007
By Baz
Format:Audio CD
I wonder if the folks who give this album less than five stars are listening to the same ablum as I have for the past week commuting to work and back... Obviously not. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to this and there's still plenty to discover and get the juices flowing. One thing seems clear; both guys bring their own superb musicianship and individuality to the album and the whole is without doubt greater than the sum of the parts - and minus any gratuitous noodling or empty virtuosity (perish the thought). Just great jazz from two of the best. One of my albums for the desert island. Very highly recommended. More, please...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in theory, end result puzzling January 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard that Pat and Brad were making an album together it was like WOW, I can't wait. I guess my expectations were way too high, (given the incredible tallent of both). So when I first listened to it, it was strange, I felt something missing. Then I heard it again, and again. It started to warm, but never caught fire.

So I had to break it apart. On Mehldau side, very good. On Metheny side, very good but as stand alone, it missses in retrospect (comparing this project to other collaborations, like say the Jim Hall album, Question and Answer and Rejoicing).

But in no way is this an inferior album, the playing and writting is superb.

I would recommend it, but Pat and Brad have better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As much as I like this disc . . . September 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
. . . and I must say, I like it a WHOLE LOT, what really blows me away are the two quartet numbers which add Larry Grenadier (bass) and Jeff Ballard (drums), maybe the smartest rhythm team on the planet (unless it's Ben Allison and Ballard). Is this the new PMG group for the new century, or what? These four guys mesh magically, even more so than the group on which I first encountered PMG, their great disc Off Ramp.

For one thing, they're all peers in a way that, great as they are, Lyle Mays, and whoever's on bass and drums will never be Metheny's peers. In the liner notes to this disc, Mehldau tells about how at 17 he first heard Metheny, and it forever changed him. Well, the acolyte is now the equal: If anything, Mehldau has surpassed his idol.

For me, Jeff Ballard defines smart, 21st century drumming. Whatever session he's on, he lifts it to the next level, be it his longtime Medicine Wheel gig, his work on the Elastic Band, his duo with Frank Kimbrough, The Willow, or his trio gig with Grenadier and Mark Turner, Fly.

Larry Grenadier, of course, has played with both Metheny and Mehldau before, but never in the same group. And he and Ballard were part of Mehldau's Day Is Done trio. So these guys need no introduction. That they nearly telepathically interact should come as no surprise. What IS a surprise, however, is how entirely natural they sound together, as if they'd all been playing as a unit for a couple decades.

But, that said, this disc is primarily a duo outing. How does it succeed on that level? Quite magnificently, thank you. Mehldau and Metheny seem to have their own kind of telepathy, perhaps even more magical, in its own way, than the quartet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A combo which works. May 23, 2007
By power
Format:Audio CD
The immediate question here is does this seemingly musical marriage made in heaven live up to expectation?

The answer is a resounding yes for the alchemy between these players is evident from the first note.

Curiously their paths have crossed over the past ten years without there being the opportunity to play together.

Metheny first heard of Mehldau via saxophonist Joshua Redman (whose father the great tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman sadly passed away this week)who was about to take on the young pianist, while Mehldau was a long-time admirer of Metheny since he started listening to music.

What impresses here is the sheer ease with which the two play and in such a sophisticated and engaging manner.

The freshness of 'Say the Brother's name', one of two terrific quartet numbers with the infectious accompaniment of Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, finds Metheny's guitar at its most euphoric since the historical trio sessions with Roy Haynes and Dave Holland from 1989.

Compositionally Metheny takes the lion's share with seven pieces while Mehldau adds three of his own.

One would ideally have liked a double album where the quartet had an entire disc devoted to its ensemble playing and it is only this slight imbalance between duo and quartet that makes this recording marginally short of a full five stars.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling September 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
That's the only way I can describe this CD. It literally compelled me to sit still and listen. Usually I can listen to a new CD in the background while I work but no, with this one I had to stop everything, sit down and listen.

These two are established giants in jazz - Metheny in guitar and with the Pat Metheny Group and Mehldau in piano and with the Brad Mehldau trio. They speak on the inner sleeve notes of having been huge fans of each other; Metheny says the first time he heard Mehldau's solo on the song "Chill" (from the Joshua Redman Quartet CD "MoodSwing") on his car radio, he had to pull over in his car to listen to it. I reviewed that record just recently so I know what he speaks about. For me personally, it was Mehldau's work on John Scofield's album "Works For Me" that made me stand up and take notice. From the solo on the first song "I'll Catch You", I was like, wow. I've been a huge Brad's fan ever since.

Mehldau on the other hand woke up to Metheny after hearing the live version of "Are You Going With Me?" on the PMG CD "Travels". Everything Metheny does is magic to me so again, I could identify.

Pat writes seven out of the ten songs, Brad the other three. On eight out of the ten they play as a duo and on the other two - "Ring of Life" (a real swinger, with Pat on guitar synth) and "Say The Brother's Name", they form a quartet with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. (Grenadier and Ballard formed the trio with Mehldau on last year's "Day Is Done".)

Each song is a delight and it's really interesting to see how the two almost seem to articulate their mutual respect for each other in the playing. No one tries to outplay the other and I almost get the sense that they support each other through their respective solos.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the greatest fusion guitarist?
I feel terrible! here I am knocking one of my favorite musicians from the 80s and 90s next to one of the best up and coming pianists of the teens. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martin G. Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Masters
This is as good as it gets as we begin the XXI Century. Two masters sharing space, time, light, joy, sorrow, life and death. It had to happen. Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of jazz collaborations
Two masters making masterful music, the greatest of jazz collaborations. This album may be slightly better than the "grey" M+M disk. I love them both ... Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by Robert C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is a very organic album, but within a structure. My first impression is that Mehldau reigns in Metheny's sensibilities, which can vary strong to flighty. Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by EugeSchu
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive pairing still lacks backbone
3 1/2

Metheny/Mehldau is symptomatic of when many of a genre's finest players get together and try to have a session under one unified vision. Read more
Published on December 5, 2008 by IRate
2.0 out of 5 stars "Have a seat. The doctor/dentist will be with you in a moment..."
I like Brad Mehldau. I really do. And I kind of like Pat Metheny. But I have never been a big huge fan of jazz guitar, and unfortunatley, that's what Pat plays. Read more
Published on March 19, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-busy
Hmmm....I dunno about this one. True, it does sound like the classic Jim Hall/Bill Evans disc, as some point out. Read more
Published on October 27, 2007 by Bradley F. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars CD is incompatible with iTunes - caveat emptor
As this CD has some trick that makes it impossible for a PC CD reader to work, it has been impossible to load this CD into my iTunes. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by LE
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT
Is an incredible cd, I recomend 100% that you must have this one in your collection
Published on July 5, 2007 by Adalberto Herrera Najera
4.0 out of 5 stars Great very relaxing
This CD is very good and is one of the most relaxing albums I have every heard.
Published on June 9, 2007 by GG
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