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Pat Metheny Group

Tracks

  1. San Lorenzo
  2. Phase Dance
  3. Jaco
  4. Aprilwind
  5. April Joy
  6. Lone Jack
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1978 Pat Metheny Group

Label: ECM

Musicians: Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Mark Egan, Dan Gottlieb

“When the Pat Metheny Group released this debut album on ECM in 1978, the musicianship of Pat was already beginning to turn some heads. His previous trio album for ECM in 1976, featuring Jaco Pastoris (bass) and Bob Moses (drums), had forced the world of traditional jazz to take notice of this contemporary sound. There is not a drab track on this album, and Metheny is joined by an entirely new lineup of musicians: Lyle Mays (piano, autoharp, Oberheim synthesizer), Mark Egan (bass), and Dan Gottlieb (drums). The group really brought new life into the genre. The album starts off with “San Lorenzo,” featuring some wonderful piano solos by Mays that will knock your socks off. “Phase Dance” is the most widely recognizable Metheny piece on here, with some great riffs by Pat threading throughout the piece. The track “Jaco” is not really very funky as one might expect, since it was a tribute to bassist Jaco Pastorius, but does show off Egan as a great bassist that knows how to groove to an upbeat. “Aprilwind” is a brief quiet piece that is fairly straightforward in the delivery department. “April Joy” features Pat gracing the guitar in a style we have all grown to love. And finally, “Lone Jack,” a track that has a bop feel to it. Most of the tracks on this release have gone on to become standards in their own right. This album solidified Metheny’s place as a gifted composer with an outstanding mastery of his guitar-craft. This is certainly one of the most important contemporary jazz albums ever released.” —Amazon.com

Tracks

  1. San Lorenzo
  2. Phase Dance
  3. Jaco
  4. Aprilwind
  5. April Joy
  6. Lone Jack
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