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Pat Metheny's brought a string of trios to bear on his music, none of them lasting as a touring band long enough to bring a session like Trio Live to life. As on Trio 99-00, Metheny's bandstand has Larry Grenadier and Bill Stewart beside him, and they burn from start to finish. Taking up 13 tunes, Metheny shows off every nuance of his talents. Stewart invokes Elvin Jones, with a lead-footed focus on tempo and a hammering power. Grenadier provides calm force, keeping time with steely firmness. Metheny is all over the map, laying back to open the session, throwing off torrents of modulated guitar synth on a 19-minute "Question and Answer" and then diving laconically into one of jazz's least laconic pieces, John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." He's granite thick on the rocking "Faith Healer" and gently harplike on "Into the Dream," grooving steadily in between. All the while, the audience is hyped and involved. The trio has chemistry like Keith Jarrett's standards project, with each member providing texture and finishing each other's musical thoughts telepathically. This you can hear on familiar tunes, as well as on 35 minutes of new material rounding out the second disc. --Andrew Bartlett

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Bright Size Life (Live)Pat Metheny Group 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Question And Answer (Live)Pat Metheny Group19:53Album Only
listen  3. Giant Steps (Live)Pat Metheny Trio 9:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Into The Dream (Live)Pat Metheny Group 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. So May It Secretly Begin (Live)Pat Metheny Group 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Bat (Live)Pat Metheny Group 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. All The Things You Are (Live)Pat Metheny Group 9:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. James (Live)Pat Metheny Group 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Unity Village (Live)Pat Metheny Group 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Soul Cowboy (Live)Pat Metheny Trio11:06Album Only
listen  4. Night Turns Into Day (Live)Pat Metheny Group 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Faith Healer (Live)Pat Metheny Group18:10Album Only
listen  6. Counting Texas (Live)Pat Metheny Group 8:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000051XUR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Christian Justin Shearn on December 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When you think it can't get any better, it does. After the release of the excellent "Trio 99-->00" rumors circulated of a Pat Metheny Trio recording of his tour with Larry Grenadier on bass, and Bill Stewart on drums. Our prayers have been answered, and we get a wonderful 2 CD package, "Trio--> Live" taken from Metheny's tour of the US, Europe, and Japan. Disc 1 starts out with a nice reworking of Pat's classic "Bright Size Life" featuring a nimble, quick fingered solo from him, and impeccable rhythm work from Grenadier and Stewart. Next is one of the highlights of the entire album, an incredible nearly 20 minute version of Pat's "Question and Answer". The tune starts out with a relaxed bluesy solo from Metheny on his regular Ibanez "Pat Metheny" model electric, followed by a bass solo, and a spectacular solo from Bill Stewart, showing some Elvin Jones like circular rhythms, all the while showing great originality and authority of his own. He is one of the top drummers on the scene today and a force to be reckoned with. Then comes the coup de grace: Pat whips out the guitar synth for a literally torching solo with Stewart upping the ante to a inhumanly possible degree. I've never heard Pat generate this much heat from his Roland GR300 on record, and he slowly lets us down from this tremendous orgiastic,(for lack of a better term) roller coaster ride with a gradually fading ending to the much enthusiastic audience approval.
Among other highlights on disc 1 are a very cool, lightly swinging and rhythmically interesting interpretation of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps", and a beautiful rendition of "Into The Dream" on the 42 string Pikasso guitar.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julius Kusuma on November 23, 2000
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Pat Metheny has been playing music for many years, in various settings across many different spectrums of music, such as his famous Pat Metheny Group's world music-inspired polyrythmic compositions, his stint with the ECM gang of the 80's, and his more recent release of sparse, beautifully composed music in a duo with Charlie Haden.
But in every setting he has played in, he is always rooted in jazz. Recently he has been playing with an excellent trio, which includes Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill Stewart on the drums. While the fans on his Pat Metheny Group days may disagree, I think his latest work is one of his best yet: a romantic comeback to his very early days of "Bright Size Life" mixed in with his postbop trio compositions of "Question and Answer" and bringing back a fresh look at the Coltrane standard "Giant Steps".
Pat Metheny is best appreciated live: which makes this a great venue to listen to his amazing talents. The opening track "Bright Size Life" shows how his playing has gotten better over the past decades between his first album and of this latest offering. Larry Grenadier's bold, funky bass lines is a great complement to Pat Metheny's explosive guitar solos, and Bill Stewart's witty drumming rounds up the talent showcased here.
This album is a very sophisticated yet accessible postbop offering. There are a few new compositions, such as the avant garde-ish "Faith Healer" and old favourites, "Question and Answer" and "So May It Secretly Begin". There's plenty for everybody, from complete strangers to faithful fans from the yesteryears. Can't wait for the next opportunity to see him live!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on November 26, 2000
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I reserve the term "miracle" for what is properly considered supernatural--an act of divine intervention such as a resurrection from the dead. However, I'm tempted to apply the term in a loosely emotive and aesthetic sense to these superlative live trio performances. Pat Metheny started out very good twenty-five years ago, and he just keeps improving... There is so much music in this soul.
Pat has always radiated improvisational and interactive excellence in trio settings, but he takes it even another notch higher here. The chemistry (or, better: alchemy) of these performances comes both from the virtuosity of the players and from their working together for over a year. Pat's previous trio recordings have not been born of that matrix. ("Question and Answer"--great at it is--was a one-day gig.)
The group covers Pat's entire career--from the Pat Metheny Group standards, to two cuts from "Pat Metheny Trio 99-00," to free-jazz reminiscent of what he did with Ornette Coleman ("Song X"). "Faith Healer" is an 18-minute "outside" piece featuring quick, tight ensemble work; at least three changes of mood; and open-ended, hard-edged guitar-synthesizer work. Those who only like the PMG material may skip over this, but not me!
The most surprising cut was a new 20-minute version of "Question and Answer," which features a statement of the theme, a solo by Pat on electric guitar, then solos by acoustic bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart. After this, the band ascends into the stratosphere as Pat switches to guitar-synthesizer. (Few people play this instrument, and no one but Pat has mastered its expressive possibilities.
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