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Bright Size Life

Pat MethenyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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The year 2013 has been a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Metheny Store

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000261L9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Larger ensembles may have provided Pat Metheny with his most visible successes, but he's repeatedly fired up his most fluid and personal playing in leaner trio settings, starting with this, his 1976 debut as a leader. Bob Moses brings both delicacy and effortless dynamics to his drumming, but it's the late Jaco Pastorius's lyrical electric bass that clinches the guitarist's coming-out party: with Metheny already displaying the liquid tone and exquisite touch that define his sound, old friend Pastorius radiates a sympathetic lyricism and unerring sense of swing. Metheny would match, but not transcend, this level of interplay in justly celebrated troikas with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins (on Rejoicing) and Dave Holland and Roy Haynes (on Question and Answer). --Sam Sutherland.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redefines The Jazz Guitar Trio Idea December 3, 2004
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28 years later, this debut disc by a young upstart guitarist from Lee's Summit MO STILL sounds as fresh, engaging and surprising as the day it was first unleashed!

What an amazing chemistry that took place here! Start with Pat's Jim Hall-meets-rural country and lyrical post-bop sensibilities, combined with another then-young upstart, Jaco Pastorious playing a supremely singing fretless bass and the explosive and yet detailed drumming of Bob Moses made for a whole new sound in jazz, with lots of wide-open spaces, impressionistic pastel-like harmonies, a Country inflected yearning and challenging intricate melodies that stay with you for days.

Pat wrote all but one track, the closing medley of Ornette Coleman's "Round Trip/Broadway Blues", in which Pat gets to the essence of Ornette's music and shows a very lyrical, compelling side of it that I think many people miss when they think of Ornette, he wasn't ALL skronk and honk, that's for sure! The original Metheny pieces are by turns fiery yet lyrical and loaded with subtle colorings not normally associated with jazz-guitar, which up until that point either stayed very conservatively bluesy with extended harmonies, or went to the opposite extreme of atonality, but here, Pat begins his rich musical journey and finds a well-defined voice normally associated with players twice his age in those days.

Not one bad track, this will haunt you for days and live in your CD player for long periods I'm sure.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Listening November 13, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This album is required listening for anyone who calls themselves a jazz listener. On this album you will hear Pat Metheny at his purist. No effects and no studio wizardry. Just good pure jazz.
This album is not just another collection of jazz standards done in the mainstream fashion by another young guitar stud. Each title is original except for the last track, "Round Trip/Broadway Blues" which was written by Ornette Coleman. Each composition has a fresh and contemporary sound. You will hear all of Metheny's skills as a guitarist, sideman and composer. In addition we are given a glimpse of the things that were later to come as Pat Metheny developed into what is arguably one of the most influential musicians of his generation.
While instrumentation is basic, the musicianship is superb. Pat is accompanied by the late Jaco Pastorius who gives us one of his greatest recorded performances. Bob Moses accompanies Pat on drums and even though his drumming can almost be called minimal it's perfect for situation. Perhaps the best thing about this combination of musicians is way they all played off of each other, each musician coming in just when needed.
This album is part of jazz history. "Bright Size Life" is to Pat Metheny what "Kind of Blue" was to Miles Davis
You cannot miss this one!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic February 14, 2005
By JJ
Format:Audio CD
I'm not going to spend a lot of time writing a professional like review. In summary, this is one of Pat Metheney's best albums (certainly in the top 2 or 3).

I love the simplicity and pure talent. Pat, Jaco, and drummer Bob Moses. Who could ask for more?

I have a lot of Pat Metheny's work, but I tend to like his solo efforts as opposed to the PMG (with Lyle Mays) recordings.

I also tend to like his trio recordings (guitar, bass, and drums) over everything else.

No fluff, no nonsense, no horse sh__.

This is the perfect CD for when sitting by the pool, smoking a cigar, sipping wine, and just sitting back and relaxing...

One other thing...I think some of the other reviewers touched on this as well, but it is really hard to believe this was released way back in 1976. This CD simply sounds way too fresh for that. If you didn't know, and had to guess, you would probably say mid 1990s.

Buy it, listen, and see for yourself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Please forget the Amazon editorial comment that some of the pieces have a "nightmarish quality." No, beauty of this sort is no nightmare. Some pieces are moody or reflective, but they are not depressing by any means.
Pat, his late buddy Jaco on electric bass, and Bob Moses on drums cook well together. Having listened to Pat's work seriously for about eight years, it is instructive to go back to this early recording to see where he came from and where he is now. (Compare this with the most recent "Pat Metheny Trio Live," which I also reviewed on Amazon.com.) His guitar playing--6-string and 12-string electric; no acoustic here--holds up very well, and the teamwork with Jaco is a one-of-a-kind treat. (To my knowledge, they never recorded together after this.)
Pat's playing is fluid, fast, and clear, but not as full or innovative as his later work; but that is to be expected of a young and brilliant jazz player. Although this is an early work, I rate it higher overall than the much later and disappointing "Quartet" recording by the Pat Metheny Group. It's not that Pat's playing is bad on "Quartet," but the total effect wasn't there.
Although only three musicians play here, it is not strictly trio work on every track because there are a few bass and guitar overdubs. These are not obtrusive, however.
This is lively, innovative, and rewarding music. Jazz lives on, and I am grateful for this gift.
Douglas Groothuis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alebum
This is one of Metheny's earliest works. I went back to it to hear how things have changed. He is a master and it was good hearing what he had to say at this point in time.
Published 4 months ago by Paul J. Schopis
4.0 out of 5 stars Another typical Metheny album
If you like Metheny, you will like this. Nothing stood out in this one as unusually great but all of the titles fit the typical Metheny style and quality one comes to expect from... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Samuel Rothchild
4.0 out of 5 stars A Power Trio With A Soft Touch
I found out about this record while looking into the career of Jaco Pastorius. I was a rabid jazz fan (and player) as a young adult, but over the years my interests drifted... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Richard Fink
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be enshrined in the pantheon of classic debut albums
Bright Size Life from 1976 is one of those special events in the music world; a classic debut album. Read more
Published on April 11, 2010 by Art Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential
This is one of those truly special albums that you will revisit often over the years. It has aged extremely well. Read more
Published on May 29, 2009 by Paul W. Burgess II
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular showcase
4 1/2

It was apparent right from the start of this glorious '75 debut that a new paradigm of technically emotional, jazz-guitar trio work had been breached. Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Album!
This is hands down Metheny's best (and most edgy) album. I would even rank in the top 5 albums I have ever heard. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Corey Raimond
5.0 out of 5 stars concentrate on Bob Moses
I agree with all of the positive reviews for this music. As a drummer I am fascinated by the playing of Bob Moses. Bright Size Life was one of my first exposures to jazz music. Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by Neil G. Welner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Jaco's Best Work
I'm not a big Pat Metheny fan. It's not that I don't appreciate his genius; I just never got around to listening to him very much (much to my dismay). Read more
Published on February 5, 2008 by Fretz
5.0 out of 5 stars A watershed recording
A watershed recording, and the first as a leader by Metheny. And the amazing thing is that some of these tunes were actually exercises that Metheny wrote for his Berklee jazz... Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by Andy Plymale
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