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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000F8DB4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A pair of Grammy Award-winning albums by the Pat Metheny Group return to the artist's active discography. We Live Here and Quartet are the second group in a series of remastered reissues of Geffen titles.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Fike on January 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The most under-composed and open-ended record of the Pat Metheny Group discography, this relatively lickety-split recording has been considered by cynics to be nothing more than a contractual obligation record--the last recording Metheny made for Geffen before moving to Warner Bros. and releasing Imaginary Day (Warner Bros., 1997). It's an album that, along with the recent The Way Up, could be considered one of the group's most revolutionary records to date.

Dismissing Quartet as nothing more than a contractual obligation record is as unfair as considering We Live Here to be nothing more than smooth jazz. Coming off a world tour to promote We Live Here, Metheny took the core quartet-- himself, Mays, bassist Steve Rodby and Wertico--into the studio to record what is undeniably the most oblique and free record the group has ever made. With the exception of the title track from Offramp (ECM, 1981) and "Scrap Metal"--a live staple that's never found its way onto a Metheny Group studio record--Quartet is about as loose and under-produced as it gets.

That's not to say there aren't glimmers of Metheny's rich melodicism. The brief rubato "Introduction" and poignant waltz "When We Were Free" are as compelling as anything he's written. But given the more produced nature of Pat Metheny Group, these tunes and others including the dark ballad "Seven Days" and the Midwestern-inflected "Sometimes I See," feel as though they'd be more at home on one of his non-Pat Metheny Group records. Still, it's a testimonial to his core quartet that they feel completely at home in this less-confined context.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Ebert on July 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Before buying this recording I had my sights set low, thinking that less (e.g. the absence of vocals by someone like Mark Ledford or Pedro Aznar, and the emphasis on acoustical instruments) would indeed lead to less. But nothing can be further than my truth about this brilliant recording. For one, having the band captured playing in a more loose, spontaneous format provides a rare glimpse, albeit just as creative and poetic in vision as the more standard pmg sound we tend to expect. It's hard to know where to begin describing this work, so here's a short list some of things I love about this recording:
i) The beautiful "oceania" (in particular Steve Rodby's bass playing and Metheny's brilliant use of the synth guitar)

ii) The musical silence and space that one hears (or does not hear!) in "mojave", "badland", and "glacier". These are three of my favorites, and if you've ever been to the badlands or mojave desert, you'll hopefully better appreciate these tunes and realize the genious behind them. Compare these tracks to some of the stuff from Coltrane's "meditations". In some sense they will seem like opposites (in that Coltrane was trying paint every spot on the canvass) but the expansiveness and meditative nature of both works for me at least imply a vast similarity. Note also how these longer, contemplative tunes complement so well the celebratory "language of time", and the gorgeous guitar solo provided by Metheny on that track.

iii) "double blind" for many of the same reasons for ii). Again note Coltrane's and Ornette Coleman's influence here.
iv) The last two tunes, "sometimes i see" and "as i am" are good examples of Metheny at his lyrically best on guitar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 28, 2009
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Metheny fans expecting the flowing lyricism and lush tonal palette of the previous several Pat Metheny Group (PMG) recordings were in for a surprise with this release. The title is the first clue, because this is music by the musical core of the PMG: Metheny (guitar), Mays (keyboards), Rodby (bass), and Wertico (drums). Absent from Quartet are the extra percussionists, trumpeters, and vocalists of the extended PMG of the past several recordings; in addition, most of the cuts have more of an acoustic sonic flavor, less heavy on the synth sound and samples. Add to this the distinct impression that some of the pieces sound like spontaneous jams rather than carefully arranged compositions, and the net result is an atypical PMG recording that is nonetheless quite entertaining in its own right. Actually, it is kind of refreshing to hear the band stripped down this way, and the musicianship never flags from start to finish.

The liner notes boast that Quartet is the "world's first 24-bit digital recording." Well, it is still mastered down to a 16 bits for CD release, so I'm not quite sure exactly why I am supposed to be impressed. The sound is quite good--just like the previous sub-24-bit Geffen recordings of the band. At any rate, Quartet is an interesting musical diversion for the PMG, and although a few fans might be put off by the relatively spare texture of the arrangements, other fans will find this the best PMG recording yet precisely because of the spare texture of the arrangements. You can't please all of the people all of the time...
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