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WATERCOLORS

Pat Metheny

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 61 ratings

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Leonardo
5 stars This is probably the most ethereal of all Pat's works, and for me the most beautiful. Apparently, Manfred Eicher the producer of this album was well known at getting his recording artists to experiment a little more than they ordinarily would in their sessions, and this album does demonstrate that Pat, still in the early stages of his career, was keen to do so. You will notice that most of the tracks have a deliberate echo effect to them that enhances their atmosphere.

This is the sort of album you can listen to in the dead of night, or, as I often do, listen to when I am at the beach. Think of wide open windswept seascapes or an endless calm ocean as far as the eye can see, and you have the theme of this album. Pat's ability to create such musical pictures on his various guitars is never in question, and the wonderful talents of his long time band partner Lyle Mays and superb bass work of Eberhard Weber contribute in making this album so special.

The title track, "Watercolours" is a more conventional track that would not feel out of place in his earlier "bright size life" album, but the next two tracks "Icefire" and "Oasis" show a sparse, tranquil beauty that is more characteristic of this album.

For me, the jewel in this album is "Legend of the Fountain" - almost exclusively Pat on acoustic guitar, with Eberhard showing the occasional light touch on bass to produce a tranquil, moody track.

Leonardo | 5/5 |

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