10 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Expanding on the strength of his touring quartet with pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez on From This Place, guitar master Pat Metheny adds the lush yet never overpowering sound of the Hollywood Studio Symphony led by Joel McNeely, as well as Luis Conte on additional percussion. It’s another departure in a career full of them.

The quartet’s road gigs focused mainly on great songs from Metheny’s past, but the 10 tracks here are entirely new, with refined, impressionistic orchestral arrangements provided by seasoned veterans Alan Broadbent and Gil Goldstein. Almost straight through, the foreground voice is Metheny’s classic clean hollow-body guitar sound, though “Same River” incorporates the wailing Roland GR synth guitar and also the sitar-guitar sound heard long ago on “Last Train Home.” Metheny’s poetic nylon-string acoustic surfaces on the quietly intense Meshell Ndegeocello collaboration “From This Place” (written immediately after the 2016 US election) as well as “The Past in Us,” featuring Gregoire Maret on harmonica (recalling his days as a Pat Metheny Group member on The Way Up).

In particular, Metheny’s writing on “Pathmaker” and the topical leadoff track “America Undefined” is next-level—intricate and ambitious, full of breath and melody, beautifully realized by a band at peak powers.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Expanding on the strength of his touring quartet with pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez on From This Place, guitar master Pat Metheny adds the lush yet never overpowering sound of the Hollywood Studio Symphony led by Joel McNeely, as well as Luis Conte on additional percussion. It’s another departure in a career full of them.

The quartet’s road gigs focused mainly on great songs from Metheny’s past, but the 10 tracks here are entirely new, with refined, impressionistic orchestral arrangements provided by seasoned veterans Alan Broadbent and Gil Goldstein. Almost straight through, the foreground voice is Metheny’s classic clean hollow-body guitar sound, though “Same River” incorporates the wailing Roland GR synth guitar and also the sitar-guitar sound heard long ago on “Last Train Home.” Metheny’s poetic nylon-string acoustic surfaces on the quietly intense Meshell Ndegeocello collaboration “From This Place” (written immediately after the 2016 US election) as well as “The Past in Us,” featuring Gregoire Maret on harmonica (recalling his days as a Pat Metheny Group member on The Way Up).

In particular, Metheny’s writing on “Pathmaker” and the topical leadoff track “America Undefined” is next-level—intricate and ambitious, full of breath and melody, beautifully realized by a band at peak powers.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

KenDog ,

From this place

This is the unmistakable signature sound of Pat Metheny! Finally a return to signature style that drew me to Pat Metheny’s art in the 1970’s. This project tells a story without using words. Jazz from a master who has returned his back to his roots. Where is Lyle Mays?

Meatball2112 ,

The God Returns

If the world comes to an end in 2020, I'll at least have some beautiful music to listen to when it happens!
Wolcome back Pat! It's been WAAAYYY too long!
Genius!

QTone ,

Welcome Back Pat

Just heard ... no. Just experienced this new Pat Metheny track entitled "You Are". I had to listen twice, just to make sure I was hearing it right the first time. Can't wait for the rest!!!!!

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