ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#25] Pat Metheny And Brad Mehldau By
was an inevitable album. It forges a partnership that was a long time in the making.
Pat Metheny, the stalwart jazz guitarist, and acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau here
combine forces to produce a breathtaking album that showcases only a fraction
of what was surely an epic recording session. Similar to the complementary duo
recording of guitarist Jim Hall and pianist Bill Evans in the 1960s, Metheny and
Mehldaus mutual admiration and utmost respect for each others artistry
lend their talents to a natural masterpiece. On the surface, piano and guitar
may not seem like a challenging duo instrumentation. With two chordal instruments,
piano and guitar could so easily step on each others toes. But with two
risk-taking artists who have countless compelling solo and group performances,
and intimately know each others work, the interplay simply flows. The leadership
exchanges are exquisite with guitar on single string solos one minute and piano
improvisation frolicking over guitar strumming the next. Exciting, relaxing, and
fulfilling, Metheny Mehldau is a special album that warrants multiple listens.