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Event Archive - Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard

Sun. April 1st 2007 The Orpheum (All Ages)
7:30pm doors at 6:30pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations
Presented by: Live Nation
on sale mon, nov 27 @ 10am

Nonesuch released the first collaboration between guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau—Metheny Mehldau—on September 12, 2006. The record features seven tracks written by Metheny and three by Mehldau, performed by the duo.

“I have followed Brad’s career closely as he has emerged as the major young jazz musician of his generation,” Metheny says. “Brad has evolved a playing style that encompasses a universe of his own design, where he is somehow able to reconcile the larger jazz tradition with a playing language that is informed by the major aspects of the piano’s evolution within the world of western classical music while making up-to-date reports on the current state of the world all at the same time.

“Somehow it always seemed like we would do something together,” he continues. “We met each other a few times and it was almost unspoken that that was on the agenda. Finally we just set a date. From the first note of the first take of the first tune we played, we both could just play pretty much full out.”

Mehldau agrees: “When you do a collaborative project with someone, one thing that hope is that neither of you will have to adjust too radically—to the point of erasing part of your personal style—to make the other person comfortable. In this situation with Pat, it was the opposite—really a first for me: I felt that by strongly being ourselves and asserting our own identities unapologetically, we strengthened the overall statement and supported each other all the more.”

“Having the chance to make music with Pat Metheny has been nothing short of a dream come true for me,” he continues. “Pat is one of the musicians who made me want to play jazz from an early age. I’ve had a myriad of influences over the years, and in my formative years I absorbed a bunch of music. Pat was there early on and has always remained. I always go back to his records, for the sheer joy I get from listening to them.”

Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau will perform together internationally in the months following the release of Metheny Mehldau.


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