Pat Metheny, New Chautauqua (1979)
It took me a while to really get Pat Metheny. I mean, you get that the dude can fuckin play! You get that as soon as you hear him. And every time you hear him. But it’s whether you want to hear that kind of playing. I guess I was won over hearing him work with Joni Mitchell. But when I got to see Metheny play (a trio format) a few years ago I really got a sense of how this man has just worked so hard to get those chops down. And then – this album taught me that in and around all the chops, the technique, the fluidity, there is emotion, heart and soul in his playing. This is a solo album, just Pat and a bunch of guitars. Six and 12-string guitars, acoustic and electric, bass and the 15-string harp-guitar. Yes you can laugh at how absurd some of that might seem but it all falls away and sits back with just the music when you actually hear it. Check out the title track. Expanding folk and jazz, allowing both to stretch in different directions until they pull back to face each other from opposite directions. Yeah, I really fuckin dig this.
Sample Track: Long Ago Child/Fallen Star
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