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THE WAY UP

Pat Metheny

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.27 | 169 ratings

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snobb
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3 stars This Pat Metheny's album has it's position always on the top of jazz fusion albums (on PA). And this album is really good. But...

Pat Metheny is great master of soft fusion guitar, and step by step his discography became a huge (and quality) collection of well balanced comfortable professional soft fusion. This album isn't exception, even more - this album is concentrated Metheny's sound of some last years.

First of all - this album is strongly based on contemporary jazz music ( with big portion of post-bop as well). Well played and well rounded, it represents quality chamber soft fusion with all components you're expecting: some mellow melodies, great instruments interplays, no soloing, very balanced warm sound, etc. And to tell truth - this job is done at the highest level!

Music is as complex as it should be to avoid being boring, and as simple as it should be don't destroy your great dinner on sunny terrace. I can listen it again and again ( never boring), but at the same time listening to it I can do plenty of other home jobs (including reading). For sure, it's mostly question of taste - I usually don't like so comfortable and safe listening, with zero experimentation, new sounds, but even with retro soft fusion smell. OK, musicians use some progressive soft/symphonic rock attributes (mostly for making their music more comfortable). Even from softer wing of fusion I always expect some energy and rock elements. This album is wrong place for such expectations.

But - if you're a fan of excellent pleasant and comfortable breeze sound, this album is for you.

My rating - 3+.

snobb | 3/5 |

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