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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OQD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Minuano (Six Eight)
2. So May It Secretly Begin
3. Last Train Home
4. (It's Just) Talk
5. Third Wind
6. Distance
7. In Her Family

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Pat Metheny's open-hearted odyssey through music has encompassed fleet jazz, garage rock, and avant-garde chaos, but this 1987 hit finds its most significant wrinkle in the band's increased emphasis on Brazilian accents and vocalise choruses, using three singers (including percussionist-vocalist Armando Marcal and singers David Blamires and Mark Ledford) to augment the core quartet of Metheny, keyboardist Lyle Mays, bassist Steve Rodby, and drummer Paul Wertico. Metheny by now comfortably integrates his own guitar synthesizers into Mays's seasoned electronic orchestrations, and Still Life (Talking) is by turns sunny, wistful, and kinetic. The Brazilian aesthetic gives us the lovely opener, "Minuano (Six Eight)" and colors "So May It Secretly Begin." Metheny's instinctive, American sensibility is rooted in his Plains upbringing and the prairie-wide sound that his music has always evoked. The album's best-known piece, "Last Train Home," revives the sound of electric sitar to unexpected emotional effect. --Sam Sutherland

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I have 5 or 6 of his cds and they are all good, but this one definitely stands out.
Andrew Addison
This is the only Pat Metheny album I have heard, but I want to hear more because this album is so good.
Spencer Lent
Beautifully crafted, incredibly clean, marvelous and melodic, and poetry without words.
michael scott

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on March 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With virtually every cut on this extraordinary CD, Pat Metheny surprises, touches, moves and delights you. This album is one of those rare perfect things in life; every sound seems as if it was meant to be, at that moment, in the world, right now -- like magic. Though I love everything on this record, it is Last Train Home, with its rush of melancholy voices in its final stretch, that is my absolute favorite. Buy Buy Buy...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Brown on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'd give this cd 100 stars if I could. I have to write a review of this cd because it is absolutely stunning. I don't particularly like jazz, everything else in my cd collection is classic rock, old school goth or alternative British bands, but Pat Metheny's work is so exquisite irrespective of categories, anyone who appreciates deeply moving, lush, rhymthic, beautiful music will be more than pleased. This album was my introduction to Metheny, flipping through radio stations in 1989 I heard it... like a gush of audio ecstasy flooding through my speakers "Minuano (Six Eight)". This song is so overwhelming. It's not just an audio experience but a complete sensory experience. I feel free as the wind as the music flows like a clean, fresh morning breeze with the hope that comes with the start of a new day. I don't mean to wax mystical or new agey, but Metheny is really like a spiritual experience for me. The only thing that excels his cds is seeing the entire group live. I can't tell you how overjoyed I feel when I know the Pat Metheny Group is coming to town. I've been lucky enough to see him with Lyle Mays and Mark Ledford who plays a number of instruments and his vocals transport you to an otherworldly place. Pat's audience is a mixture of every shade, lifestyle, age... because brilliance is appreciated by all who hear it. I own quite a number of his albums, but if you're looking for a good place to start this is the one! Metheny's music on your worst day makes you so happy to be alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "snoticus" on February 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a jazz guitarist I've felt that I had to like Pat Metheny, although for years I hated his playing and would turn to a Scofield or Frisell record. This is not to say I didn't respect him or his amazing technique but I just couldn't get into any of his music. It has been about a year since this point of view has changed completely and I can still remember the exact point where I knew he was special. I was studying for a History AP test and I felt like listening to something new. I had a couple of Metheny albums which I quickly filed away but for one last time due to some pestering by others I forced myself to listen to Still Life (Talking) all the way through. As I listened I still thought that it was good but nothing great until Third Wind came on and Metheny hit that solo break. That moment just messed with head forever. It was a trip. From then on I have been in a search for as much Metheny I can find and liked most of it (even zero tolerance). This is still probably my favorite Metheny record and for his detractors, I guarantee you will fall in love.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NreeK el Bastardos on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Pat Metheny by a friend at Uni. The first track he played me was "third wind". I was converted. Pat's an unbelievably melodical player whilst using a bucket load of chromaticism.... how many players can do that and not sound like comlplete tossers attempting to use the bulls--t scale? The guitar break in the above mentioned tune is mind blowing. Years later I introduced a friend of mine to Pat with exactly the same tune. He was flabergasted. It totally changed his life. He has always been a brilliant musician but still life talking encouraged him to learn the jazz system of theory and now he's so much broader for his self-education in jazz. He then introduced Pat to my brother via "third wind" and wadda ya know, he was blown away by the fact that there is not one snare hit and no bass drum on the whole album, but it ablsolutely pumps. Sorry to talk about people other than the Pat Metheny group, but this is my experience with this album. If you don't own it go and get it now.........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg on December 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It never ceases to amaze me that a man with such chops and technical proficiancy is also one of the best composers alive today. I own every one of Metheny's CDs and they're all great, I simply cannot review them all, so I chose SLT. This album would also be a good place to start for those who have never heard Metheny. The best way to describe the music would be that it contains alot of atmosphere and texture with melodies/harmonies that are accsessable enough to be catchy, yet twisted just enough to make them interesting. This is not one of Pat's "jazz" albums at all. Sure, there are traces of it in the harmony, but folk, new age, and Brazilian influences are also obvious. Compositions aside, however, this is some of the most melodic soloing I've ever heard and keys player Lyle Mays improvises at least as well as Pat, if not better! That's saying alot! Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sacher on February 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As far as studio recordings, this is the Best Pat Metheny Group CD of the bunch. A must for someone sampling any of his music. His live recordings are also very good but I wouldn't recommend them for play when hosting visitors.
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