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Classic Album: Pat Metheny, Still Life (Talking)



Pat Metheny,  Still Life (Talking)

This album is special to me because I found it in the cutout bin of a used record shop sometime in the early 90s and the unexpected music I heard actually rekindled my musical imagination.  I was aware of Pat’s playing from the time he started touring and recording with Gary Burton in the mid-70s.  I also really liked his early album releases in the late 70s, but at the time it didn’t make a deep connection with me because of the “chorus-y” sound of his guitar on those early albums.  The 80s were a blur for me because I was spending most of my free time with my two young sons instead of listening to new music.  When I finally heard this album a few years after its 1987 release, I became a serious Pat Metheny fan.  I connected with this music on a soul level.  Since that time, I have watched Pat expand his musical universe (and ours) with a seemingly-endless flow of beautiful and challenging compositions played on a collection of old and new instruments such as the Coral Sitar, the Roland GR-300 guitar synth, the Manzer Pikasso 42-string guitar, the Nashville-tuned baritone guitar, the Orchestrion and, of course, his 6-string electric and acoustic axes.  And let’s not forget that Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Armando Marcal, David Blamires, and Mark Ledford play the $#!% out of every tune on this Grammy-winning album.

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Marc Silver
Contemporary Guitar Improvisation

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