Album Review: ‘Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert’ – John Mayer Trio

There is no ‘Your Body Is a Wonderland’ in this current incarnation of John Mayer.

The jazz-trained artist celebrates his roots on this collection of songs he took on the road this fall with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino. The result is a heavily blues- and jam-based effort with an incongruous adult contemporary feel. On cuts like ‘Who Did You Think I Was’ and a cover of Jimi Hendrix`s ‘Wait Until Tomorrow,’ Mayer`s voice resembles Stevie Ray Vaughan`s in all its non-offensive arches. As a guitarist, Mayer spreads his wings with ‘Out of My Mind’ and a version of Ray Charles` ‘I Got a Woman.’

While ‘Try!’ is brimming with talent, it`s not consistently compelling, with slow, grown-up numbers like ‘Gravity’ weighing the generally congenial album down.

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