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Metheny Mehldau

11 Sep 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Sep 2006
  • Release Date: 8 Sep 2006
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2006 Nonesuch Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:05:30
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  • ASIN: B001F2YK08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,673 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD in the Virgin Megastore in Times Square (just, it turns out, around the corner from where it had been recorded) during a brief visit to Manhattan last week. I liked the idea of these two musicians playing together, and for the most part, this lives up to expectations. Metheny dominates the writing, but the two of them interact generously on the duets - I particularly like the two numbers with acoustic guitar ("Summer Day" and "Make Peace"), while the addition of the rhythm section on "Ring Of Life" and "Say The Brother's Name" drives things along in a muscular fashion.

I was struck by how this ensemble sounds nothing like Metheny's work with his more regular musicians (e.g. his 1996 Quartet set with Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby and Paul Wertico); instead, I'm reminded of the sound that the Esbjorn Svensson Trio made when Metheny was sitting in with them in live shows a few years ago. There are many riches on this record that repay careful listening - for example, the "My Funny Valentine" quote on the romantic "Find Me In Your Dreams" and the tough backbeats on "Ring Of Life". A great record, well worth waiting for.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 16 Feb 2007
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By hmmmmmmmmmmm on 1 Oct 2006
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both play well but these are not the best tunes either of the players have come up with...a great combination on paper but.....

Mehldau is too fidgety throughout the cd and cannot let the spaces smile ~ if metheny plays the tune, Mehldau goes into double time; if Mehldau slows down, Metheny goes into double time ! Both are cautious with their obvious genius for melodic rambling. There are some beautiful moments and impeccable playing

but it never quite gets to the levels that both are capable of..... to sum up: tentative, skilful, expected.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Deverill on 16 Oct 2006
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maybe overlong and at times tentative but some moments of magic

not all tracks work and the cd gets off to slow start - the highlight for me is track 10 - here they both open up and meldhau's playing is superb in the middle few minutes

if you like metheny definitely worth a go - if you are a meldhau acolyte then maybe you will find the playing a bit restrained at times

ive seen both players live, meldhau very recently and would still recommend to the piano types out there
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Palmer on 5 Dec 2008
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`Metheny/Mehldau'

`Metheny/Mehldau' makes a massive contribution to the discographies of each of its leaders and would be a welcome addition to the collections of fans of its participants. It is a balanced collection of tunes and would enthral all but the coldest heart.

The solos taken by each musician on Mehldau's `Unrequited' have a purity that suggests through composition rather than improvisation. Mehldau is a delicate player and Metheny's own sensibilities are a matter of record but this meeting of like minds provides the listener with a fresh take on the guitar/piano duet. It is interesting to note the evident influence that Jim Hall has had on Metheny's playing. Hall, never an overly technical player, has always painted minimalistically, rather in the spirit of Bill Evan's famous `Kind Of Blue' essay. Metheny shares the mantle of a player who can achieve a great deal with a little. His use of unison double-stops (playing the same note on two different strings simultaneously) is unique and highly effective in bringing emotion into his playing. But this is not the two-dimensional emotions of a Pink Floyd solo but something considerably deeper.

Metheny's `Ahmid-6' is a classic Metheny construct; the harmonies of the composition take the listener back to the guitarist's time with Gary Burton while the hints of Coltrane's `Giant Steps' recall his `Trio '99' period.

`Summer Day', a title that could apply equally effectively to about half of the Metheny back catalogue, features Metheny on a beautifully recorded acoustic guitar (built by Linda Manzer?). The interplay between the two acoustic instruments is delightfully sympathetic, the timbres blending to create a warmth that envelopes.
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