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BRIGHT SIZE LIFE

Pat Metheny

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.81 | 55 ratings

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Zoso
5 stars A fantastic album, by fantastic musicians.

I was very pleasantly surprised upon the first listen of this album. My first exposure to Pat Metheny was this past October, when I saw him and his band live, which was an absolutely incredible experience. I figured I should check out some of his albums, and this seemed like a good place to start.

From the very beginning, Pat creates some amazing msuic, with the incredible Jaco Pastorius on bass guitar and Bob Moses on drums. Bright Size Life is an uplifting and memorable tune, with some great solo work by Pat and Jaco.

Sirabhorn starts out soley with Pat, playing a mystifying and beautiful part on his guitar. The song is slow and soothing, with some beautiful fretless bass playing by Jaco Pastorius. Great song.

Unity Village is soley Pat, soloing over some chord changes. Simple, but beautiful.

Missouri Uncompromised is a good wakeup call after Unity Village. With some intricate drumming from Bob Moses, this song is a bit more free form and up tempo, and all musicians seem to really let loose. Yet another awesome song.

Midwestern Nights Dream begins once again soley with Pat, playing his guitar gently. The song becomes absolutely beautiful once the bass and drums join, making some dynamic music with Pat's soothing guitar work. Jaco takes yet another wonderful bass solo in this one. Absolutely awesome song, one of my favorites.

Unquity Road is interesting to listen to, to say the least. The chord changes and timing are intruiging, and Pat's playing is simply awesome.

Omaha Celebration is a bit more upbeat, but still stays calm and relaxed. Pat solos very well, and Jaco and Bob groove extremely well also. Another great tune, fun to listen to.

Round Trip, Broadway Blues begins with some synchronized playing between Jaco and Pat, then heads into a very free form jam. Jaco takes an unbeleivable bass solo, making his virtuosity as apparent as ever. The song ends abrubtly, and the album is over.

It's very hard to find anything wrong in this album. Very solid musicianship and songwriting throughout. There's no doubt in my mind this album deserves 5 stars.

Zoso | 5/5 |

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