Pat Metheny: From This Place review – wide-horizons music with freewheeling relish
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In a totally rational dimension we would live without emotions. Without dark sides, without mystery, our existence would be terribly poor and without charm. We would be deprived of amazement and participation in all that is greatest, remaining awkwardly anchored on the ground like dry ships. In facing this kind of careers, it is impossible to be exhaustive in the space of an article. Almost infinite would be arguments and ideas, episodes worthy of analysis and dissertations. And even if we try to follow these impervious roads, we would be left empty-handed: the indefinable but recognizable art of Mays would make everything vain.
The Pat Metheny Group expands on its masterpiece with this live performance. Throughout the group's 27 year existence, these musicians have consistently redefined what a contemporary jazz ensemble can be, and who they are as a band, each album containing something of immense value. The piece has achieved greater depth and maturity since the release of the studio album in January ; in fact, the live performance makes clear just how melodic the piece is as a whole and how suited it is to improvisation.
Pat Metheny has had such an unpredictable and diverse recording career that it is somewhat surprising that he has been able to hold on to his great popularity during the past two decades. This set with his "group," a quartet also featuring keyboardist Lyle Mays , bassist Steve Rodby , and drummer Paul Wertico , is generally quite introspective and is a bit unusual. After touring with his band for nearly a year, the guitarist decided not to record the group's current repertoire but to instead have a very spontaneous session.