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Album Review

Pat Metheny's debut studio album is a good one, a trio date that finds him already laying down the distinctively cottony, slightly withdrawn tone and asymmetrical phrasing that would serve him well through most of the swerves in direction ahead. His original material, all of it lovely, bears the bracing air of his Midwestern upbringing, with titles like "Missouri Uncompromised," "Midwestern Nights Dream," and "Omaha Celebration." There is also a sole harbinger of radical matters way down the road with the inclusion of a loose-jointed treatment of Ornette Coleman's "Round Trip/Broadway Blues," proving that Song X did not come from totally out of the blue. Besides being Metheny's debut, this LP also features one of the earliest recordings of Jaco Pastorius, a fully formed, well-matched contrapuntal force on electric bass, though content to leave the spotlight mostly to Metheny. Bob Moses, who like Metheny played in the Gary Burton Quintet at the time, is the drummer, and he can mix it up, too. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Stunningly Good

I was doing a show called "Mostly Jazz" at a university radio station in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1977 when I stumbled upon this incredible album. I must have played Midwestern Nights Dream until the grooves on the vinyl were begging for mercy. I still love this music at the age of 56! The themes that were present in 1977 are still present in 2007, with years of experience and mellowing making them all the better. You need to see the man live to fully appreciate the talent recorded here. A very fine addition to your music library.

Simply Amazing!

In my opinion, this is Metheny's best album. It features both Metheny and the legendary Jaco Pastorius. These two had such a chemistry and they played so well together, it's unbelievable! I can't say enough good things about this album, just buy it! The solos are nothing short of brilliant especially the bass solos. Can't forget about Bob Moses (drums), as he plays great too. Other notable Jaco/Metheny collaborations: 1) Joni Mitchell- Shadows and Light 2) Paul Bley- Jaco

Bright sized Life

You could call this an historic session pairing two rising stars of modern jazz. Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and Bob Moses on drums. If I could only own one Pat Metheny LP this would be it!


Born: August 12, 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 and making Metheny famous enough that he could perform whatever type of music he wanted without losing his audience. Metheny (whose...
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  • $10.32
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 1976

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