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Pat Metheny Group

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  • Audio CD (March 14 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000261NL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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1. San Lorenzo
2. Phase Dance
3. Jaco
4. Aprilwind
5. April Joy
6. Lone Jack

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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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Format: Audio CD
If you've read 52 reviews for this recording, you don't need to read one more. I know that. But if I didn't say something about this recording I'd feel like I'd be passing up a chance to weigh in on the best record that ever existed. I could say that about several other records, and when you place a recording in that category you know you've passed up objectivity for pure emotion anyway, and it's all off the chart. Many people have have told you what I'm gonna tell you. This record is off the chart. We have to express it in terms of where we were the first time we heard it,and some magical setting we heard it in. This is what music does to the human psyche in its best moment. And the reviews seem to be a bit divided between those of us who have heard this Pat Matheny Group record several times and those of us who have heard it every few months for twenty-five years now. Very little compares, or ever will compare. We're saying this: if you value any of our musical opinions/understanding, do yourself a lifetime favor and own this record/CD. Like Mike Bloomfield once said - "The music you listen to takes on more import than the notes played -it becomes the soundtrack of your existence." This music has made my soundtrack infinitely more worthwhile. I hope it will do the same for you.
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A lot of teeth cutting went on during this time period. Look at where the musicians are now. Egan (Bass) is renowned for continuing the vocabulary of modern electric bass. Gottlieb has put out (although amazon only lists 2) some really good releases with John Ambercrombie (who's he?), Mays is still around the studio and of course Pat is producing, writing and keeping his hand in the game. What does this release represent? Early Metheny. Metheny in his vibrant youth, fairly new to the biz, churning out the miles and getting his message out. After Bright Size Life and some other collaborations, the PM Band hit the road with vigor. The rest is history. This is early history. Do I recommend it? Sure, why not. I personnally don't think it's pivitol, but it does exhibit the slice of life during the late 70's when "everybody" was Lord-of-the-disco-dance, and had no idea other things were happening. But some folks have bigger(more appreciated, inquisitive, seeking) ears than others.
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.
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I had heard of Pat Metheny back in middle school, when I first really started exploring jazz. It wasn't until one of the jazz ensembles at my high school played Phase Dance during my junior year that I actually got to hear something by Metheny.
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.
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It is really difficult to believe that this initial recording by the Pat Metheny Group is now 25 years old. The distinctive music remains interesting on its own merits, not something to be relegated to vintage status, but still sounds fresh and vital. The opening chords of San Lorenzo could easily serve as a start-up greeting for the latest generation Apple computers.
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.
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