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Pat Metheny Group
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Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.
Having criss-crossed America to the tune of 250-300 one-nighters a year while getting their sound and repertoire together, the Pat Metheny Group struck gold with this self-titled jazz-fusion classic in 1978. All the familiar components defining their evolution over the last 20 years are in place on Pat Metheny Group: the leader's dark, reverberant electric guitar sound and graceful acoustic colourations; pianist Mays' blend of Presbyterian hymnbook major chord hosannas, Bill Evans-styled minor mystery and orchestral synthesizer effects, the rolling, cymbal-inflected groove of Dan Gottlieb, and the Jaco Pastorious-influenced melodic bass lines of Mark Egan. On "San Lorenzo" and "Phase Dance" the band defined their anthematic blend of electric jazz, progressive rock and roots Americana, while the country-like intro to "Jaco", the sublime acoustic romance of "April Wind" and the brisk jazz samba changes of "Lone Jack" (with the leader's jaunty, lightly echoed melodic lead) speak to Metheny's interest in a wide range of source material--with a commitment to both extended forms and the art of improvisation. --Chip Stern
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When the artist's catalog becomes expansive, it's hard to point to a work and say "that's the best" artist's are human and they change, grow, learn and evolve throughout their artistic life. That's why I recommended it. If you're working your own PM catalog, this belongs in it.
I wasn't in that particular band, but I remember the bassline sounding cool, and I thought I would seek out the record. I finally bought it on used vinyl in August 1995 -- and I couldn't wait to get home and play it.
It was one of the best decisions of my musical life.
Phase Dance is a great song, very positive and uplifting, but San Lorenzo is the album's centerpiece to me. Lyle Mays' solo just blows me away everytime I listen to it. This is definitely not a spontaneous album (and his solo may have even been rehearsed) but it works so well.
As much as I don't like winter, this album has a very wintry feel to me (even though I bought it in the summer heat). Maybe it has to do with the picture on the back of the record, and the fact that it was recorded in Norway during winter.
Listen to San Lorenzo and Phase Dance and imagine snow falling outside, then sparkling in the sun after the storm's gone. The rest of the album enthralling as well, but it's the first two pieces that really shine.
There is none of the head-on, confrontational approach that Mr. Metheny sometimes employees---usually in his recordings outside the Pat Metheny Group---but a lilting, almost dreamy soundscape that conjures up associations with what it must be like to go gliding on a thermal on a spring afternoon. Indeed, the energy here seems conjured from that same essence that precipitates spring fever---consider that two songs are called April Wind and April Joy. Phase Dance is sheer joy rendered in a song. Jaco, a tribute to Jaco Pastorius composed some nine years before his tragic death, lets the bass shine through. Lone Jack pulses with energy like that of a stream charged with fresh spring rains.
Mr. Metheny plays shimmering, fluid chords throughout, and Mr. Mays, whose lyrical keyboards are just as essential to the distinctive sound of the Pat Metheny Group as its namesake's guitar, shines throughout. This pair, the mainstays of lineup that has seen many changes during this quarter century, share a special empathy, and the sum is much more than the parts. The superb Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb, who later left this band seeking more creative freedom (check out their stellar work in Elements if you can find any recordings), do more than anchor the sound like many rhythm sections. Mr. Egan's bass lines provide an agile, complex counterpoint to Mr. Metheny's soaring guitar. Mr.Read more ›
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a beautiful album played wonderfully by young musicians this is the replaCEMENT FOR MY OLD VINYL WHICH WAS WORN OUT.Published on June 3 2013 by Amazon customer
Just upgraded to the CD version of this classic recording.I had the privlidge of seeing the the band members that made this record in the tiny confines of the Paradise theatre in... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by David J. Grillo
A lot of people talk about this being Pat Metheny's best work even though it is one of his earliest. I agree. Read morePublished on March 4 2004
I first heard this album in 1978. I went out, bought the vinyl LP, and, over the course of the next three years, wore it to a frazzle. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Michael Courtney
Wow, where to begin, I was born in 1977, this album was being made when I was. I am 25 and this album touches me deeply, you don't need to be older to appreciate Metheny. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by Benjamin Jones
Top 10, top 5, top 3, it doesn't matter. If you could only have 1 CD to have on a desert island, this is it.
Buy it. Now. You won't regret it.
This was the first Pat Metheny Group album although it's not entitled as such. Here it is some 25 years later and these pieces remain interesting. Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by ND.NY
Back in 1977, I remember turning on the television after school, waiting for HBO to come on (this was before they were on 24 hours a day). Read morePublished on Dec 18 2002 by smoothjazzandmore