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3.88 | 103 ratings | 8 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bright Size Life (4:45)
2. Sirabhorn (5:29)
3. Unity Village (3:40)
4. Missouri Uncompromised (4:21)
5. Midwestern Nights Dream (6:00)
6. Unquity Road (3:35)
7. Omaha Celebration (4:18)
8. Round Trip/Broadway Blues (4:58)

Total Time 37:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Pat Metheny / 6- & 12-string electric guitars

- Jaco Pastorius / fretless bass
- Bob Moses / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Dieter Bonhorst with Rainer Kiedrowski (photo)

LP ECM Records ‎- ECM 1073 (1976, Germany)

CD ECM Records ‎- 78118-21073-2 (1994, US)

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PAT METHENY Bright Size Life ratings distribution

(103 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by fuxi
4 stars Even before he reached twenty, Pat contributed to two first-rate albums by the Gary Burton Quintet, RING and PASSENGERS (both marvellously melodic and exciting).

Then, in 1975, Pat got to do his first solo album on the ECM label. As far as I can see, this album has nothing to do with prog, it's an out-and-out jazz session, but as such, it's one of the most refreshing I know.

The pearly tone of Pat's jazz guitar blends wonderfully with Jaco Pastorius' superior bass playing and Bob Moses' virtuoso drumming. By turns abstract and lyrical, BRIGHT SIZE LIFE is full of refreshing moments that will keep you happy for a lifetime.

So don't be put off by the fact that this is only 37 minutes long. One of the all-time ECM classics!

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars The first offering from the PAT METHENY GROUP is a reserved instrumental work with little in the way of out breaks. Simply put, this is drums, guitar and bass playing a light brand of Jazz. The players are of course Pat Metheny on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass and Bob Moses on drums. There is lots of intricate playing but everything sounds so similar and samey including the songs.

The first two songs "Bright Size Life" and "Sirabhorn" are very light and jazzy. "Unity Village" is a little more melodic. "Missouri Uncomprimised" is a little more uptempo. The best song is "Midwestern Nights Dream" probably because it's the first song where the guitar playing of Pat's sounds different then the other songs. "Unquity Road" features some great playing by Metheny, while the next one is laid back again. A little more action on the closer.

Cool to hear Pastorius and Metheny together, I just wish this was more dynamic.

Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars It was competing with Gary Burton exactly that Pat showed the glimpse of the technology. The remark said that he respects Gary at time in one's teens and it can perform all tunes of Gary will not be a lie. He might already have found the point that he had to establish really though he competed with Ornette Coleman that he respected back. Pat accomplishes an impact debut by this album. The performance of man who had a sensibility that differed obviously from the guitar style of existing Jazz till then and was peculiar got into the news at once in the world. Pat announces this album from ECM and the work of interim Pat has been released from ECM. Then, he has left a very reformative work. The form of Solo and two faces of PMG are his still lifeworks exactly. Of course, contact is tried with various musicians. The same thing might be able to be said to this album in the respect. This Trio to be accompanied by familiar, deep Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius considerably has fantastic feelings as much as possible also in the band with Gary Burton. It might be condensed to the performance with feelings of the country a little that the environment and man who had grown up Pat showed with this album. He has the impression that gives the listener the character in this album and own message. It visits by "SirabHorn" and "Midwestern Night Dream", etc. and it might be able to know it. Bass of Jaco is really good each other and affixes the flower to the creation of Pat. Those originality is being splendidly expressed by these three people. Besides, all are tunes of Pat though "Round Trip/Broadway Blues" is a tune of Ornette. An excellent musician without limiting it to the item of Jazz in the ability of the composition can express the fact deflecting also with musical instruments. It takes to the musician whether to be able to express it with musical instruments by composing very. It might be one person of "Expressionist" that Pat is very few in the respect. He establishes the route of PMG after this album. It exists like the expressed original letter his of that character splendid this work and.
Review by EatThatPhonebook
4 stars 7/10

"Bright Size Life" is an album full of true gems.

Pat Metheny is one of the most famous jazz guitarists ever, along with other legends Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and such. Metheny released his first album back in 1976, and was very noticed among the fusion scene, thanks also to his immediately noticeable guitar playing, that still gives the chills today.

For this first album, the guitarist calls in the amazing bass player Jaco Pastorius to play during the recording sessions, as well as Bob Moses, the famous jazz drummer. The result of this is "Bright Size Life". The production here is sublime, extremely clean and delicate, and no instrument, surprisingly, is louder or more highlighted when the band plays all together. Metheny's guitars are as well very clean and pretty sounding, which is the thing that I liked the most about this album. Pastorius' bass, when played, is precise and decisive, absolutely brilliant bass playing. The drums are as well great, but I gotta put Bob Moses into the shadow a little bit; his playing pales into comparison of the other two musicians, in my opinion.

"Bright Size Life" is sure a Fusion album, but there are no electric moments here, expect for the fact that playing there is an electric guitar and electric bass; but it's definitely not Fusion as one would usually imagine, like Bitches Brew era Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock or Mahavishnu Orchestra.Like I mentioned before, this album is much cleaner sounding, and there is no distortion whatsoever. The music is relaxing, totally chilled out, and even haunting in some tracks, especially the more melodic ones. Then again the tone can be a little more enlivened in some points thanks to Metheny's solos.

the title track opens the album majestically, thanks to it's beautiful melody that will be regarded as one of Metheny's most famous. "Sirabhorn" is just as beautiful, but it's a little more minimalistic and tense. Even more tense is the six minute "Midwestern Nights Dream", very chilling and evocative. Some songs like "Unity Village" or "Missouri Uncompromised" are much less melodic and are mainly focused on improvisation. "Unquity Road" has a more peculiar and energetic melody, still being able to sound very fetching. "Round Trip" closes very cheerfully the album, thanks to the bluesy melodies. This was actually an Ornette Coleman cover.

A really good album, that has just a few songs that I don't care for, but all the others are true gems, that should be listened to if a jazz fan.

Latest members reviews

3 stars On the plus side the three musicians are great players and demonstrate their chops pretty well, albeit in a light straight jazz context. On the minus side much of the playing seems directionless, overly-noodly and meandering. On the plus side Metheny's playing is distinctive from the start ( ... (read more)

Report this review (#219764) | Posted by Neil C | Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Note: Technically, this isn't Pat Metheny Group, or Trio. Its a solo album. A very good at that too. This record has its ups and downs, but it pulls through in the end because of some really atmospheric and moody music. My heart strings are being pulled just by hearing the title track. Neverthele ... (read more)

Report this review (#195965) | Posted by Treasure | Monday, December 29, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Pat Metheny's debut is not particularly one of his stronger works, but it is definitely a good album. Filled with the delicate yet speedy guitar work of the masterful Metheny himself, and the really fat, really great bass playing by the legend Jaco Pastorius. Jaco's feel for the instrument is unde ... (read more)

Report this review (#134021) | Posted by Shakespeare | Tuesday, August 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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 albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#75493) | Posted by Zoso | Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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