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Pat Metheny’s love of Brazilian music comes into full bloom on 1987’s Still Life (Talking); it’s not the only stylistic element at play here, but it’s the most striking one. “Minuano (Six Eight),” the album’s longest cut at almost ten minutes, is a radiant gem that brings to mind the work of the Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento. (The wordless vocalizing, in particular, evokes that unique and mysterious artist from Minas Gerais.) But Metheny’s tasteful guitar and Paul Wertico’s brisk drumming usher the piece into the world of jazz, while Lyle Mays’s keyboard parts tip it back toward pop/rock. The band is highly polished and coupled with Matheny’s crystalline production, the sound of the title track — and the rest of the album — sparkles. “Third Wind” is the disc’s other standout. Metheny’s statement of the theme has an attractively slippery feel and his lightning-fast solo somehow comes off as easygoing rather than flashy. Ethereal vocals, Latin percussion, and unusual keyboards pull “Third Wind” in different directions, resulting in a cut that is both complex and distinctive.

Customer Reviews

Spirit of Life!

Pat Metheny has an inner understanding of the soul itself through his music. The list of his accomplishments on other albums are astounding. This particular album exemplifies the famous Metheny style with the spirit of life. He's gathered a great following over the years. An absolute 5 star rating!

Truly amazing!

Few musical moments are powerful enough to bring tears to your eyes....this, PMG's best, has many such moments. Be transfixed, be transformed.

Certainly one of his best.

I listen to alot of music and this is one of my favorite CDs. Pat really got hold of something special (a cosmic music vibe!!) in an energetic, creative blending of classic PMG with a heavily brazillian influence-- which was always lurking with tunes like "Song For Bilbao." Without a doubt, Pat is one of the best composers of our time. He also happens to be one of the best guitarists, also. Live versions of almost all of these tunes are available. Actually, I think "Last Train Home" is one of the weaker tunes (still love it, though). "Minuano" has become a Pat Classic, and "Third Wind" is one of the best Pat build-up jams (reminds me of "Until The End Of The World" which came later).


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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