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Album Review

While Brazilian music had captured Pat Metheny's attention since the '70s, he placed an especially strong emphasis on Brazilian elements in the late '80s. A master of uniting seemingly disparate elements as a cohesive whole, the imaginative guitarist effectively combines Brazilian-influenced harmonies and rhythm with jazz, folk, and pop elements on "So May It Secretly Begin," "Third Wind," "Minuano (Six Eight)," and other celebrated gems included on Still Life (Talking). The Brazilian leanings are put aside on one of Metheny's most unique offerings ever, "Last Train Home," which boasts a charming Western theme that brings to mind a peaceful journey across the Arizona desert. That may not sound like the description of a jazz piece, but then, making the unlikely a reality is among Metheny's many admirable qualities.

Customer Reviews

Still life keeps moving

I first heard this album back in the 80's when I was a music student in Liverpool. It was a real ear-opener. Love it now as I did then. He's made loads of brilliant music since then, but this is always the favourite.

Still Life Talking

If anyone was aware, bloody years ago, of Latin Fusion bands OPA and CALDERA, you might well like this album ..I do.. The Supergadger.

Third WInd

For those wishing to identify one piece which defines why Pat Metheny is consistently regarded as one of the great guitarists in any genre playing today, listen to this track. In fact if you are able to watch him play it live from The Road to You, the you will come to realise just what a master player he is, added to this that the soloing never feels like an exercise in showing off but is always a part of the wider picture with the other players. Truly stunning fretwork indeed!


Born: 12 August 1954 in Lee's Summit, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original, stretching the boundaries of jazz...
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