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Watercolors

Pat Metheny, Pat Metheny & Lyle MaysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000026FDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pat Metheny was virtually defining a new musical form on this 1977 date, blending folk, country, and pop elements with jazz and creating a gentler, more intimate idiom than fusion had been. His distinctively chorused electric guitar often floats over the smooth textures created by his own acoustic six-stringer, Lyle Mays's piano, and Danny Gottlieb's discreet drumming, while Eberhard Weber's electric and acoustic bass lines rise to ricochet with the guitar leads. The song titles abound with watery images, and they're perfectly in keeping with this flowing music, which tends to a pale, even pastel, palette and an ethereal lightness. "River Quay," particularly, suggests the sound of the Pat Metheny Group that would come later. --Stuart Broomer

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Personal Meanings for this wonderful CD October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is, I believe, Pat M.'s most underappreciated recording. First listened to in 1979 (my second PMG purchase, the first being the famous "White Album", bought on a recommendation of a fellow Graduate student - a recommendation that significantly changed my music listening life!), this CD symbolizes the exciting early dating days with my wife of 20 plus years, my wonderful experience at Dartmouth college, and my music listening evolution of Rock into Jazz, particularly that on the ECM label.
This is very pure music - no synthesizers, no unusual guitar effects, just emotive story telling from a very promising, very young talent that has created a remarkably consistenly excellent body of music that is his alone, and that easily becomes a vital part of everyone's CD collection. There are no weak cuts on the CD (typical of Metheny's output), and some, such as the incredible Sea Song, are amongst my favorite music of all time. Eberhard Weber adds a distinctive flavor to the session that was not repeated on any other Metheny CD.
This music does not age, does not go out of date or style-so give it a try, and do yourself and mental well-being a big favor!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?... July 13, 2006
By Steven
Format:Audio CD
This is difficult for me. I have wanted to write this review for a long time but have been at a loss as how to best articulate my thoughts concerning my favorite recorded music work of all time. I am no closer now to knowing exactly what to say than I have ever been, so I'm just going to write.

There is something transcendent about this album that has had the effect of changing peoples' musical lives, so to speak. A quick glance through the reviews posted here will show this to be a remarkable, common theme and I am no exception. I honestly don't remember the exact year...I don't even remember how I stumbled across it - a used record store or garage sale, perhaps. I first heard Pat Metheny's "Watercolors" somewhere in the 80's when I was musically aware of nothing more than the hair metal of the day and I haven't been the same since. Dokken and Cinderella are long gone and Watercolors is still the gold standard by which I judge the listenability of all other works in what has become a permanent, life-long appreciation of jazz. What follows will be an overall comment on the album as a whole and then I would like to comment somewhat on each track.

There are a number of confluent elements at work that make this album so special. What is immediately evident is an overwhelming stylistic maturity and sophistication that is years - even decades ahead of its time, which may be why it has remained somewhat obscure and underappreciated. There was absolutely nothing like it at the time and very little that has approached it since. Indeed, Metheny hasn't produced anything like it since himself - his recordings immediately subsequent to Watercolors were far below its artistic quality and it wouldn't be until First Circle that he would approach that level again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Metheny in search of himself December 11, 2006
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I am a relatively new Pat Metheny fan but I have been working my way through jazz history for the last seven years or so, and Pat seems to be the next step. Anyone who says jazz died in the 60s clearly has no appreciation for the great work of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and artists like them through the seventies, but I will admit to thinking for a long time that nothing innovative came after them. I was wrong, as many Pat Metheny fans will attest to.

I bought this recently, after being really impressed and moved by Pat's first album, "Bright Size Life." This album follows in a similar vein; it's mellow, with midwest America and folk music influences, and many of the grooves eschew traditional swing but aren't hard enough to be funk and lack the polyrhythms to be Latin. The result is a kind of floating, straight-eighth note feel that lives on the cymbals, one I haven't heard on anything before Metheny's work. The title track, "Lakes," and "River Quay" all make use of this feel, and the result is a lot of rhythmic freedom and interaction for Pat, bassist Eberhard Weber, pianist Lyle Mays, and drummer Dan Gottlieb. The other tunes don't make as much use of this groove; "Icefire" is a haunting Metheny solo on 12 string guitar, and the suite is very minimalist in instrumentation as well. "Oasis" and "Sea Song" are atmospheric and don't have any strong rhythmic feel at all; one can see how they could be forerunners of new age music, albeit a lot more sophisticated in harmony.

With Pat Metheny, there is always the risk of hearing the music through the filters of the watered-down crap we call smooth jazz; Metheny's mellow sound clearly influenced a lot of inferior (.......).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect synthesis of the Master's music. October 1, 1999
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A peek into the future, then and now. The gorgeous compositions on Watercolors (listened to 22 years ago) gave the listener a glimpse of the sophistication and varied styles that were to appear in albums several years later. For the new listener, this album is the best synthesis of Pat's amazingly varied musical styles. Perhaps the favorite in my 23-year-old collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Disc
Didn't realize I was missing this disc from my early Metheny collection. Not his best work but more glimpses of a brilliant future. Can't fault the musicianship. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lyn Wechsler
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a listen or 2
I'm a big Pat Metheny fan and have been one for years. Watercolors isn't as melodic or catchy as some of his other works as it took me a few times to listen to get into it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robusto
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolors by Pat Metheny
I met a young Japanese woman in Osaka in 1977 while studying a map of where I wanted to get to one summer morning. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rusty Triebert
4.0 out of 5 stars An apt title for this transitional album.
Perhaps because it came between two groundbreaking albums, "Bright Size Life" and the debut recording of his wildly successful Group, "Watercolors" is a somewhat overlooked title... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars pat metheny watercolors
where oh where can i get all the paper inserts and credits for this disc ? i have the cd but my kids took the jewel case apart and trashed the inserts...... Read more
Published on May 31, 2009 by Anthony J in NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty, Inspiration, Purity
I stopped reading other reviews for this album, because we're all saying the same thing, yet, I still want to say it myself. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Gregory D. Maland
4.0 out of 5 stars Going with the flow
Fantastic sophomore release playfully bounced around all kinds of genre-expanding melodic notions of what guitar-centric jazz was capable of. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars a complete masterpiece
I have become a huge fan of Metheny but I can't honestly say that
there are any albums he's done where I like every song. Read more
Published on October 11, 2007 by Jerry Hopfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More
In a decade renowned for it's utter excess, glitter and glitz, Metheny and Mays turn the corner and create here a bare bone masterpiece in jazz-fusion. Read more
Published on November 23, 2006 by nepos
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely gorgeous!!!
"Watercolors" really does sound like watercolors! I could hear all of the contrasting timbres coming together with pictures that pat metheny paints in the listener's mind... Read more
Published on March 30, 2006 by Eric Jordan
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