by Richard J Salvucci
A few months ago, I discovered the Deer Head Inn at the Delaware Water Gap.. That led to discovery of Deer Head Records. Which led to the discovery of this recording. Sometimes, ignorance can lead to bliss. I hadn't heard much of Joe Locke, and aside from Bill Goodwin, the other musicians were unknown to me. I clearly don't get out enough. This is, no exaggeration, a spectacular recording of a group put together for, I ...read more
by Nenad Georgievski
Distinguished musicians playing and recording together tells you that the sky will be the limit for its potential. The collaboration between guitarist Pat Metheny and piano prodigy Brad Mehldau was so fruitful that the initial session that gave us the brilliant Mehldau/Metheny duo album, also produced Quartet, with Mehldau's standard Trio joining forces. The previous duo release gave ample evidence of the two musicians' empathy, sensitivity, and subtlety. It also provided a sneak preview of Quartet, with ...read more
by John Kelman
In many ways Quartet--the second disc culled from the December, 2005 collaboration between iconic guitarist Pat Metheny and the younger but increasingly influential pianist Brad Mehldau--is the record that Pat Metheny Group's final Geffen album, 1996's Quartet, should have been. While the Metheny Group record had its charms, it was the closest thing to a contractual obligation record that the guitarist has ever made, and the relatively sketchy nature of much the record makes for an uneven listen.
The more ...read more