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

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So many years removed from this album’s release, and I am still stunned at tracks such as this. Metheny has a theme but the presentation is one long guitar solo. Instead of expansions on lyricism, we have Pat running up and down on the neck, playing counterpoint to Jaco’s active phrasing.

Or…is it Jaco playing countering Metheny’s active phrasing? That’s what is so amazing about “Missouri Uncompromised.” Jaco and Bob Moses weave a rhythmic and harmonic bed that’s just perfect for Pat’s explorations. But after a fashion, the rhythm section steps away from that subordinate role and becomes part of the whole. It’s a subtle move that’s characteristic of the this trio’s style of play.

I sometimes wonder how Metheny was able to develop these constructs at such a young age. But then I remember the stories of his brother bringing home jazz records (Four and More) and how he immersed himself in them. It’s not that I hear a lot (or any) of Miles in this, but it’s incredible never the less.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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