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Customer Reviews

A Masterpiece

I spent $25 to buy the CD and it's one of the best music purchases I've ever made. Some of the material is repeated, but not duplicated, on "99-00," and it's worth listening to these versions as well. The breadth of scope on this album is considerable, from a fairly straightforward jazz reading of the classic "All the Things You Are," through the subdued, playfully slowed "Giant Steps" through the pure and awesome ethereal beauty of "Into the Dream" and "So May it Secretly Begin," into experimental, edgier stuff ("Counting Texas" and "Faith Healer.")

But the centerpiece is "Question and Answer," which builds to an explosive climax featuring guitar-synthesized trumpet. Despite Metheny's greatness on this track -- and really, this is perhaps my favorite piece of instrumental guitar -- he is pushed by the brilliance of bassist Larry Grenadier and, especially, drummer Bill Stewart. During his solo break, Stewart manages to suggest the melody through his expressive, shifty playing. You can feel it. The ensemble effect is just breathtaking.

I can't speak to the quality of the recording. I don't have high-end audio gear and listen to this most often through headpohnes -- to the ripped iTunes version on my iPod. I don't care. But if you love jazz and don't own this, it will be the best $10 you spend on downloaded music.


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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