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Richly nuanced playing,
This review is from: Metheny Mehldau (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.