Three months after the release of their Quartet album, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jeff Ballard lit up the stage in San Sebastian, Spain with the album’s opener, “A Night Away.”
When Mehldau solos he steals the moment, exchanging ideas with Grenadier, moving and shaping the pulse of the laid-back groove, and extending his feel-good vibe into the appreciative crowd.
Mehldau’s erstwhile band mate, sax man Joshua Redman, recently had this to say about the pianist:
His music just grooves. I mean, for all the complexity and all the harmonic rigor and all the technical prowess and all the lyricism, beneath it all is this incredible groove. His feel is unassailable. He has the best groove on the planet.
Take in this live version of “A Night Away” and let the groove move you.
Pat Metheny Brad Mehldau Quartet LIVE
Jazzaldia Festival, San Sebastian, Spain
28 July 2007
“A Night Away” 10:36