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PAT METHENY GROUP

Pat Metheny

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.04 | 76 ratings

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MoodyRush
5 stars This album means a lot to me. For one, This was my introduction to any kind of jazz. It also has served as one of my best "chill" albums.

I first heard of Pat Metheny Group when I was looking through my dad's record collection at home. I must have mentioned this one to him, or him to me. He told me that a roommate of his back in college would play a ton of Metheny. My dad did not like it at first, but eventually loved it and bought it. He suggested I take a listen to it. So I bought the album.

My first couple listens were not very fruitful in the sense that I did not really enjoy it. I had listened to little or no jazz at that point in my life, so it was like a foreign language to me, strange and indecipherable. As I continued to give it time, it grew on me: the fluid guitar, piano, jazzy bass, and perfect drumming all started to make sense. It has since grown into one of my favorite albums. And has opened my eyes to the possibility of exploring jazz and more jazz-influenced rock.

San Lorenzo, the opener, is my favorite track. It is one long journey, from a strong theme, to various guitar sounds and solos, to the strong piano solo. The next track, Phase Dance, is a more energetic number, with faster guitar playing. Jaco has a harder, funkier edge to it, though still firmly rooted in jazz. Aprilwind and April Breeze go together in my mind. Aprilwind is the introduction, a solo guitar piece, slowing building, yet staying tight and calm. It then opens in April Breeze, with an energetic opening section, a quiet, building middle section, which climaxes in an awesome guitar solo at the end. The last number, Lone Jack, is a very fast-paced number. Metheny plays with speed and precision, with the energetic mood only being interrupted by a slower piano solo.

I would strongly suggest anyone to check this album out. It is a masterpiece.

MoodyRush | 5/5 |

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