(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Sirabhorn” (1976)

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Only the 2nd tune in the Metheny catalog and we already have an example of Pat’s Midwestern sound. The chiming opening bars have that open, pastoral sound that Metheny has said is rooted in his Missouri upbringing. The introduction serves to frame the melodic story that the trio will wrap themselves in.

Much like the title track, Jaco comes along to play a solo that both extends and supports that story. I’m not sure if I was aware of it back in the day, but now it’s just so obvious that the two musicians were made for each other. Two songs into the debut album and it sounds like they’ve been playing together for a lifetime. It’s a rare thing.

Enjoy the early (Mark Egan-era) Pat Metheny Group version.

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