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listen  1. Waltz For RuthPat Metheny 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Our Spanish Love SongPat Metheny 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Message To A FriendPat Metheny 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Two For The RoadPat Metheny 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. First SongPat Metheny 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Moon Is A Harsh MistressPat Metheny 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Precious JewelPat Metheny 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. He's Gone AwayPat Metheny 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Moon SongPat Metheny 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tears Of RainPat Metheny 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cinema Paradiso [Love Theme]Pat Metheny 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Cinema Paradiso [Main Theme]Pat Metheny 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. SpiritualPat Metheny 8:20Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: February 25, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve/ Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047EC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This subtle, sublime collaboration finds bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Pat Metheny crafting bejeweled chamber duets that transcend genre. With their shared Missouri lineage as a thematic touchstone, Haden and Metheny forge a lyrical, mostly acoustic style at once intimate and expansive. Both pare their playing to a Zen-like economy, focusing on a purity of tone, clarity of harmony, and counterpoint to achieve a tender lyricism.

Metheny's acoustic steel-string and classical guitars predominate, but he also applies discreet overdubs (including some delicate synthesizer and keyboard textures) to sculpt orchestral detail. Haden, as always, is both a generous foil and a deft melodist on his own, moving easily into his instrument's upper register as he twines through Metheny's lines. The set's emotional coherence is particularly satisfying in light of the material, which spans Ennio Morricone ("Cinema Paradiso"), Henry Mancini ("Two for the Road"), Jim Webb ("The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress"), and Roy Acuff ("The Precious Jewel") as well as affecting originals by both leaders. And giving the project a sense of closure, while commenting obliquely on the generational dialogue it represents, is the luminous "Spiritual" (composed by Haden's son, Josh), an instrumental prayer that exemplifies the balance of concision and deep emotion at the heart of this exquisite triumph. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

Absolutely beautiful musical poetry.
E. Zumbrun
Just sit back relax, enjoy, and go Beyond the Missoury Sky.
Allan Chemnitz
If you like Pat Metheny you'll enjoy this music.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Richard on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden are apparently close neighbours, well, that much is now obvious. These two masterful musicians have become one in a most wonderful way, so close that they're almost the same person.
The recording has an earthy, very "real" sound to it, Metheny is sitting over there, Haden just over there, and you're alone with them, listening to these two masters entertain you. It is an intimate record, to be listened to when you're feeling extremely comfortable for it to achieve its maximum effect.
The melodies and chord choices are superlative, generally I know where they're going to take the tune, but when they make different choices I realise why they're in the league that they are. The results can haunt me, lift me, leave me wondering just how they could have made that melodic line so perfect.
It is not at all provocative, it doesn't jarr the senses in any way. It soothes and relaxes as it passes by. If there has to be any criticism of the record it cannot be directed at the musicianship, which is of the highest order. A number of similar-sounding tracks can eventually coalesce in the memory, and that is a problem here, there are peaks of pleasure and plains of placidity, but they're subtle, and the musical landscape ends up looking rather like the sumptuous cover art.
The only recording niggle I might direct at the recording is that some of Pat's more percussive acoustic notes come awfully close to distorting the recording on a couple of tracks. Depending upon my mood these sometimes enhance that "two masters in your living room" effect, and at other times I'll feel that they're intrusive.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By gtra1n VINE VOICE on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This has been a big seller, and with Pat Metheny one might wary that is because of a certain commercial blandness, albeit a pretty and pleasing one. And while the record is lovely, the beauty of it comes from a real strength in playing by Haden and Metheny, and especially a focus and discipline to accept the spare sound of guitar and base for it's own qualities, and not overdue the production or the repetoire. The tunes are collected from each player and also some country and folk classics, and each is a real gem. Haden is straight forward and simple and always interesting - he's one of the very few bass players who realizes that a lovely tune just needs to be played, and nothing more. Metheny displays an ideal balance between chops and taste. The album is quiet and low-key, yet totally engrossing; it demans your listening attention and captures it. Most importantly, it's absolutely beautiful in sound and sentiment. A real surprise, and a great, great record.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "guariguata" on January 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For those who know each of Haden's and Metheny's careers, this is an unusual album, somewhat out of the "mainstream". Similarly, do not expect to find similarities to other past Metheny-Haden projects such as the "Rejoicing" CD. Yet, both musicians deliver a solid musical communication that trascends their respective musical paths. That is perhaps what makes this album unique. Guitar-bass interactions go hand in hand, nothing on top of anything. Not-so-very-acoustic elements have been nicely incorporated into the recording. This is a rare opportunity to fully listen to Pat Metheny playing the acoustic guitar. At times his play is a bit rough (too much electric fingering?), but overall his performance is excellent. It reminds me of his earlier collaboration with Milton Nascimento's "Angelus" CD where Metheny plays the acoustic guitar on the track titled "amor amigo" on this 1994 album.
If you do not know Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, I nevertheless recommend this album for the jazz listener. For most of the tunes, the performing quality of both artists will fly over any musical preconceptions. Buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have liked both of these performers and bought the CD in a sentimental mood because I'm from Missouri. It fits my serene moments, whether a companionable Sunday morning, a reflective afternoon, or a romantic evening. The music is quiet, melodic, poetic, and powerful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes listening too closely and too critically impedes the hearing process. Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny delve into the realms of quiet, pulsing, minimalist presentation, expressing a shared vision inspired by calm.

Admittedly, it's taken some time for me to appreciate the strengths of this collaboration between these two musicians from Missouri, the hear me state, for purposes of this review. Rather than listening head on, I've found that listening obliquely seems best. The melodies swirl around in aural pools, languish a bit, and meander on like leaves floating on a slow creek.

There is plenty of space here, as Mr. Haden sometimes tacks a counterpoint on his bass and sometimes takes the lead. Mr. Metheny does not really forge any flights of fancy yet he achieves a great deal by keeping within the lines.

Certainly not for everyone, "Missouri Sky" has and will offer a calming grace to many.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By virgilio venditti on September 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
We jazz fans all over the globe know all the faces that Pat pulled out from his "magical bag" in the past years. Pat is known for having:
1)a straight jazz activity; collaborations with M. Brecker, O. Coleman, G. Burton and... you name it!
2)a "quite rock" occasional side; Joni Mitchell and possible others along the way
3)a more commercial, popular, but not to be overlooked at all, activity/production with the Pat Metheny group
4)a kind of "world music" side: "Secret story" tells everything already but listen to "A map of the world" soundtrack
5)an "experimental" side: "Zero tolerance for silence" reached my personal quite high tolerance threshold within seconds!...
Now we can also add the
6) "Intimate-romantic-acoustic-melodic" with this experiment in a duo with Bass-Master Charlie Haden. Obviously it might be mistaken as "bedtime music", at first, but once you realize the amount of concentration, the tight interplay between the two, the overall quality and (more important) once you're in the mood for this album, it will unfold, will open your heart and will stay there for quite awhile. If today you feel active, nervous, somehow "on the beat", please leave it on the shelf and get any other good mainstream jazz or crossover, techno, fusion music: you know what you like better than me! Spare this one, instead, for a quiet evening, maybe on a Sunday in which you just want to feel relaxed and cradled by superb music. No action DVDs, big orchestras or super expensive productions: just these two guys playing togheter and enjoying while creating an incredible piece of beautiful art. A MASTERPIECE. Don't miss it.
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