There is a huge special issue of the Economist, all about the many flavors of Investment Banking, titled The Alchemists of Finance. The alchemists of finance:
This broad review of banking, trading, and markets is quite fascinating (and free if you sit thru a flash advert)
The alchemists of finance
Les fleurs du mal
Merchants of boom
Here, there and everywhere
The art of courtship
The wobble factor
Eggheads and long tails
Spreading the muck
Also of interest is the cover story: America’s Fear of China
Category: Financial Press
Pat Metheny is one of those guitarists that was always interesting, but he never really floated my boat. His style is kinda New Age-y, a bit too cold/technique focused for my preferences. I can see why some people say he is an acquired taste.
However, a friend in the music industry (with meticulous taste) had recommended his latest album with pianist Brad Mehldau (Metheny Mehldau Quartet) to me, and on his suggestion, I gave it a whirl.
It is a delightful surprise.
It is an eclectic disc, ranging from a mix of jazz fusion, acoustic, Celtic, pop, Asian-tinged (41 string guitars!) to Brazilian music. Somehow, this odd and always changing mix seems to work on nearly every track.
This is the second pairing of Metheny and Mehldau colloboration, the first being Metheny/Mehldau.
The pairing works well. Mehldau brings a degree of warmth and intimacy
often missing from more traditional Metheny recordings.
Metheny frequently returns to his earlier electric jazz guitar style, but it seems to work so much better in this quarter than any previous work I’ve heard from him. Its worth checking out.
For those interested in how this pairing came about, there is a two part interview with Metheny and Mehldau after the jump . . .