Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert

Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert

by John MayerJohn Mayer

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Once upon a time, chart-topping artists took musical risks with dizzying regularity, with concept albums and stylistic shifts peppering the pop landscape like palm trees on a California highway. The fact that such curveballs are pitched so rarely these days adds to the allure of Try!, John Mayer’s attempt to re-create the blues-rock power-trio vibe of bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. But the live disc’s main selling point isn’t the concept but the music. There’s little evidence of the mellow congeniality that’s marked Mayer’s studio output to date; even the version of “Daughters” presented here takes on added heft thanks in the stark, sinewy instrumental interplay. Some credit for the brew’s potency has to go to the rhythm section that Mayer put together -- bassist Pino Palladino (the Who) adds a sensual touch to “Good Love Is on the Way,” while drummer Steve Jordan pushes “Vultures” into overdrive -- but Mayer shows that he belongs in the driver’s seat. The new originals he penned for this context range from the overtly bluesy (“Who Did You Think I Was?”) to jazzier material that lets him showcase his voice more effectively. Mayer’s soloing is credible enough, though he falls a bit short in trying to recapture Hendrix’s alchemy on “Wait Until Tomorrow,” and his motives are admirable. Having promised Heavier Things on his last album, Mayer loads this disc up with just that -- and shoulders the weight admirably.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969511510
catalogNumber: 95115
Rank: 10955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mayer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Chalmers Alford   Guitar
Steve Jordan   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Roger Moutenot   Pro-Tools
Pino Palladino   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
Mitchell Cohen   Liner Notes
Renald Richard   Composer
Steve Jordan   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Mayer   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Hardi Kamsani   Engineer
Chad Franscoviak   Engineer
Joel Singer   Engineer
Peter Gary   Engineer
Michael McDonald   Management
Chris Nelson   Engineer

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