Review: John Mayer Trio: Try! Live in Concert 4.5 out of 5 stars
The latest album by John Mayer is a live album featuring John Mayer with only two other band members, Steve Jordan playing drums and Pino Palladino on the bass. This album is quite a departure from his studio recordings. Most of the music on this album is much bluesier than his studio albums. This album also more prominently features Mayer’s guitar playing, which has been much heralded, but arguably not heard very much on his studio recordings.
John Mayer has often been mentioned as citing Stevie Ray Vaughan as one of his guitar heroes, and this album clearly shows that influence. The album starts off with Mayer’s Stratocaster playing the intro to “Who Did You Think I Was,” which is an introduction to the rest of the songs on the album. Many of the other songs on the album feature a similar feel, with a few slower songs mixed in. However, even the slower songs manage to highlight Mayer’s guitar playing. Another highlight is “I Got a Woman,” a song originally written by Ray Charles. Mayer plays his recent hit “Daughters” and does a nice job jazzing it up enough so that it fits in with the rest of the album quite nicely.
John Mayer Trio: Try! is an excellent album featuring John Mayer’s guitar playing and the tight rhythm section of Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. I’d highly recommend picking up this album if you’re a fan of blues/rock music.