8 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here guitarist Pat Metheny works with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jack DeJohnette, as well as saxophonists Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman. While everyone but Brecker had already traveled to the furthest reaches of improvised jazz, they all come to heel (excepting the group improvised “Open”) for that classic Metheny blend of knotty jazz and pastoral folk music. Those who want to hear the players dig deep into jazz need look no further than the title track, which is highlighted by a great solo from the guitarist (with an explosive DeJohnette and Haden absolutely cooking behind him). While Metheny kicks into tricky overdrive for “Scattered,” bringing the entire band along for the ride, his robust strumming drives the aptly titled opener “Two Folk Songs.” Elsewhere, the ballads “The Bat” and “Every Day (I Thank You)” gracefully blend folk and jazz in a savory way. The brief acoustic guitar–driven “Goin’ Ahead” closes things out as an earthy farewell, making this a varied and inspired early classic in Metheny’s canon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Here guitarist Pat Metheny works with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jack DeJohnette, as well as saxophonists Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman. While everyone but Brecker had already traveled to the furthest reaches of improvised jazz, they all come to heel (excepting the group improvised “Open”) for that classic Metheny blend of knotty jazz and pastoral folk music. Those who want to hear the players dig deep into jazz need look no further than the title track, which is highlighted by a great solo from the guitarist (with an explosive DeJohnette and Haden absolutely cooking behind him). While Metheny kicks into tricky overdrive for “Scattered,” bringing the entire band along for the ride, his robust strumming drives the aptly titled opener “Two Folk Songs.” Elsewhere, the ballads “The Bat” and “Every Day (I Thank You)” gracefully blend folk and jazz in a savory way. The brief acoustic guitar–driven “Goin’ Ahead” closes things out as an earthy farewell, making this a varied and inspired early classic in Metheny’s canon.

TITLE TIME

More By Pat Metheny