Metheny Mehldau Quartet

Guitarist Pat Metheny naturally do not share a mutual respect with Kenny G when he castigates G’s overdubbing of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” as “lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up…,” but he does share his vision with pianist Brad Mehldau whose lyrical approach reminds me of Bill Evans on their invigorating collaboration. Backing up by Mehldau’s bulletproof rhythm section, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, Metheny’s hypnotic riffs in unison with Mehldau’s melodic lines produced some of the most delightful grooves in contemporary jazz. From airy atmosphere to serene chaos to exquisite sound of water, the varying in tempos brings unique colors, textures and moods to the overall experience.