Metheny - Mehldau
Metheny | Mehldau – Metheny & Mehldau – [Nonesuch, 2006] – Review –
It’s almost shameful on my part, but I’m finally getting around to delving into this amazing record by two of the most astounding voices in their own right to feature the renown yet prolific composer and guitarist Pat Metheny and equally talented nu-bop fusionist of his generation Brad Mehldau on piano.
After all, it’s years of working around tireless recording and tour schedules to be able to merge the intricacies of their collective voicings into one integral adventure as they join sonically to record in 2006 a stunning collection of songs which intertwines perfectly in a symphony of ambient melodies, shades and above all lingering jazz sensibilities to occupy this space strategically throughout.
The opener “Unrequited” embodies the sonic tonality we’ve come to expect from this dynamic duo as soloists. Keep in mind, as the music flows gracefully with no pitfalls foreseen until the composition “Admid-6” appears to establish their ascending voices to bond perfectly as one to sparkle cohesively with splendor. The duo theme continues to quietly permeate it’s way through the mist until “Ring of Life” emerges to unfold into a refreshing and tasteful unexpected ensemble journey. Actually, the masterful interplay by the ensemble is incredible. In essence, their intriguing voices draw telepathically from years of exploring a diverse universe of music.
Of course, this outing by the duo is not so much a detour of what they normally do individually but it was inevitable they combine their harmonically atoned and introspective voices to record this phenomenal album. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux