Pianist Brad Mehldau and guitarist Pat Metheny have teamed for a collaborative album, "Metheny Mehldau," due Sept. 12 via Nonesuch.
Pianist Brad Mehldau and guitarist Pat Metheny have teamed for a collaborative album, "Metheny Mehldau," due Sept. 12 via Nonesuch. The 10-track set features a blend of each artist's material, including some tracks recorded with Mehldau's trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.
Mehldau and Metheny had never played together before hitting a New York studio last December. "Those days in December were some of the most creatively satisfying days I have ever had as a musician," Metheny enthuses. "When it was all done and it was time to listen back to everything, I was taken aback by what I heard. It seemed like we always played together."
The album opens with a new version of Mehldau's "Unrequited," which previously appeared on his album "Art of the Trio, Vol. 3: Songs," as well as Metheny's "Ring of Life," which features Mehldau's trio.
The artists are planning a tour beginning next March, but beforehand, Mehldau has solo and trio performances on tap through early December. As previously reported , Metheny will recreate his recording of Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" at an Oct. 21 concert at New York's Carnegie Hall in honor of Reich's 70th birthday.
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