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Pat Metheny Group

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Having crisscrossed America to the tune of 250 to 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 that have defined 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 colorations; pianist Mays's 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 anthemic blend of electric jazz, progressive rock, and roots Americana, while the countrylike 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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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000261NL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It was 1977 and I was a student at a technical school in Boston, an ardent fan of Jean-Luc Ponty. There was a concert at the Berkley Performance Center where JLP was going to feature pieces from his Enigmatic Ocean release, one of my favorite albums of all time. I was completely oblivious to the warm-up act because I was there to experience Jean-Luc Ponty but at the opening of the show there was a guitar at center stage positioned on a stand where a guitarist need only walk up behind the instrument and begin playing. There it was, its neck jutting at a 45 degree angle, waiting to be brought to life by an appropriate musician. Soon, a floppy-haired guy, accompanied by the other members of his group, bounced onto the stage amongst tentative applause. The floppy-haired guy waved appreciatively at the smattering of recognition from the audience while the other musicians took their places at their respecive instruments. Slung over the back of the floppy-haired guy was another guitar, presumably his principle instrument. To my surprise, the guy bent over the guitar positioned at center stage and began to wail out the opening notes to "Phase Dance," a piece that has to be one of the best works of jazz-fusion of all time. He played several bars of the opening theme then stepped back from the guitar on its stand, reached back over his shoulder, grabbed the guitar slung over his back whipped it around front and proceeded to crank out a solo that could bring tears to one's eyes. I didn't know who the artist was at the time but I knew that he was talented and I made a mental note to remember this artist for future reference. After his group completed his set, Jean-Luc Ponty took the stage and I instantly forgot about the warm-up band.Read more ›
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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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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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One summer evening, years ago my wife asked me to go get some milk at the store. Once in the car I tuned in to the local jazz station and San Lorenzo was just starting to play. I was mesmorized (sp). My first hard exposure to Metheny. That cut was still going when I arrived at the store so I listened till the end, wondering who was performing this piece. Once completed the host said, quietly, something like this, "Wow, did you like that?I never can get enough of listening to Metheny. Let's listen again!" UNBELIEVABLE, he actually replayed that cut, 13 minutes long if I remember correctly, and I just sat there in the car listening. Let's see the canned "Smooth Jazz" stations today try something like that besides busting out of their predictable format you'll hear on EVERY "Smooth Jazz" station. At any rate, San Lorenzo made me an instant PM fan, own all the CDs and videos, been to 12+ concerts, and can't wait for more. If you wonder whether PMG is worth a listen to, I'll cast 10 stars as my rating. Bill
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