(Disclosure: I got this CD/DVD for free)
Not too long ago I reviewed John Mayer’s Continuum and I guess you could say that while I was interested, I wasn’t 100% convinced. Luckily for me, Arbell Camron over at Sony in the US asked me if I wanted to review Mayer’s new CD & DVD combo – “where the light is”. Naturally, I said “Yes indeed”. And I’m glad I did. I’ve had the double cd in constant rotation in the car for a week now, and today I sat down with the missus and watched the DVD of the same show recorded last December in LA.
The CD and DVD bring us three facets of Mayer’s music – a (mainly) solo acoustic spot, a set by The John Mayer Trio (featuring the fantastic rhythm section of Steve Jordan on drums and the mighty Pino Palladino on bass) and a full band set by The John Mayer Band.
And fantastic stuff it is too – from start to finish. Although Mayer doesn’t need to prove anything to me at all, this CD & DVD has convinced me that he is a great singer (sounding at times like Jack Bruce, Clapton, and several others too) – he has a great vocal range, slipping into falsetto at times, which adds a different aspect to some of the songs; a great acoustic fingerpicking guitarist; a tremendous electric guitar player (blues and more) and a great songwriter too. He gives us blues (his own and others); Hendrix (“Axis: Bold As Love” and “Wait ’till Tomorrow”); arrangements of other folks songs (Ray Charles’ “Don’t Need No Doctor” has my vote to appear in a Big G setlist soon, I hope) and of course his own songs, mainly from his last release “Continuum”.
We see a great array of guitars on the DVD, some nice Martins and a variety of good looking (and sounding) Strats, a Guild and a Gibson jazz box (175 maybe) as well as some behind the scenes stuff, where Mayer comes across as a really nice guy.
I like lots of different tracks on this set, but my favourite section as a whole is the John Mayer Trio set – Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan are awesome and Mayer impresses with his vocals and guitar playing.
So – John Mayer: young, handsome, a talented singer, songwriter, guitar player, and a nice guy. Damn!
Mayer has a blog here where there are some videos and stuff, and there are videos for “Neon“, “Vultures” and “Waiting For The World To Change” – Caution, these are all over 100Mb in size.