September 17, 2011 1:16 am

Brad Mehldau & Kevin Hays: Modern Music

A beguiling and richly detailed piano duet produced and arranged by composer Patrick Zimmerli

Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays’ beguiling and richly detailed piano duet balances intimate exploration with the precision of formal composition. The two pianists swap phrases and enrich each other’s palette with the confidence of old acquaintances, but it is the overarching sense of form that adds lustre.

The album was produced and arranged by composer Patrick Zimmerli and his scores ensure clean lines and a minimum of fuss. All three collaborators provide originals, and Reich, Glass and Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” are covered.

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Brad Mehldau & Kevin Hays

Modern Music

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5 stars

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