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Upojenie

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So May It Secretly Begin

There are two sides to the music of Pat Metheny: one is the hard edged experimental jazzer trying to knock you over with a flurry of expressive notes as he bops his way past you (....not my cup of tea to be honest); the other is the soft, expressive balladeer wooing you into submission with a lush, romantic, soundscape. Well, this album gives you the latter and then some; imagine all those great Metheny instrumentals but overlaid with superbly executed vocals (from Anna Marie Jopek), and you get a total triumph. For sure, these kind of jazz-vocal experiments usually fail to achieve the desired intent, but on Upojenie this really works: if there is such a thing as polish bossa nova fusion then this is probably it and it sounds amazing. It probably helps that I've no idea what the lyrics mean, but sonically at least the words are well chosen as if the vocals themselves are an expressive jazz instrument: how cool to be able to sing along so well and seductively to a Pat Metheny tune, as happens so often all over this album. Landmarks here are 'Mania Mienia' (So May It Secretly Begin) and 'Tam, Gdzie Nie Siega Wzrok' (Follow Me) - worth the price of the album alone, and as good if not better than the originals. The latter for certain could be a cross-over contemporary hit along the lines of 'This Is Not America' with David Bowie - so for me its coming clearer and clearer that if Metheny continues to select diligently the most appropriate (vocal) artists to work with, then he will eventually deliver an entire cross-over album of vocal renditions of his works to mass critical acclaim. If you doubt me, then check this album out, if you are a Metheny fan you are in for a real treat. Are you going with me?

Pat does it again

Another stunning album from Pat Metheny. The guy is always experimenting with sound. Good to hear him with a female vocalist again and what a beautiful voice she has too. The vocals are better than Secret Story and that was a fantastic album with a wonderful use of female vocals (listen to Above The Treetops - the man's a magician). Great that he's now exploring Polish stuff. He looks the whole world over for inspiration and this is truly inpirational.His albums get better all the time! And the sound mixing can't be beaten. He is truly a great guitarist and musician, and shows his ability on each track. Hope he tours here again soon.

Difficult to classify

I take it from the first review that the person who wrote it is not a great fan of Pat Metheny, which begs the question why bother reviewing if you've got nothing helpful to say. To criticise it for not being Jazz when it is almost impossible to clarify what sort of music it is seems a little peevish. Many of the tracks are reworkings of original material, with words added, do they still qualify as Jazz according to their initial qualification, or should they be classified as pop now that they have words? As to what to expect if you buy this album, I would imagine that most would be intrigued by the addition of vocals to well known Metheny tracks, they may not like all of the arrangements, but Metheny has always been one to re-envisage his own tunes in different formats, and for that the classification of Jazz is surely fitting.

Biography

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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