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Here you have three absolutely breathtaking jazz performers locked into a studio for a day or so. From this combination of guitar, standup bass, and acoustic drum kit, you've got nine tracks of sheer jazz joy — three guys just blowing for the hell of it, recorded on the fly. There's a strong sense here that engineer Rob Eaton probably tried to get everybody properly set up and balanced before the session started and just gave up when everybody started playing. It's a delight to hear, because everything has gone into the performance, which is spontaneous and graceful — no going back for the next take here. Pat Metheny's playing is definitely modernistic, highly fluid, almost liquid lightning — no effects boxes here, though (he does play Synclavier on the last track, "Three Flights Up," but it's great anyway). Roy Haynes, likewise, should be heard by anybody wanting to get behind the traps: this man has a sense of humor, and he's a blur of motion. Dave Holland, on bass, is no slouch either, keeping pace with Metheny's guitar lines, and balancing up against Haynes' drums. Together, these guys are incredible. They get into both original material and standards (including an ecstatic version of Miles Davis' "Solar" that opens the album) with the same energy and feel for what they're doing. This is an album with serious crossover potential, and it should definitely be heard by anyone serious about music in any way.

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Remastering the Masters' Masterpiece

All I can say about this release is WOW, and Buy this CD!!! As an owner of nearly every Pat Metheny cd out today I nearly overlooked this re-issue of the original Question and Answer. I thought "I have similar Pat Metheny trio works" so I won't just jump out and get this one right!?! But believe me this one sets the bar. Even the iTunes preview doesn't give do this one justice in sound quality. The full download is unbelievably crisp and clear. Pat's guitar tone seems almost as rich as being right in the studio with him allowing you to hear so much depth in his music. Lastly support of Roy Haynes and Dave Holland is superb.


An absolutely phenomenal recording. Pristine, classic jazz at its best. Essentially a one day recorded jam session with Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes and Dave Holland. Very fluid and moving music. An absolute must buy and one of my personal favorites.

Unquestionably a jazz classic

Hard to describe in words…a pure listening pleasure!


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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