(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Suite: II. Legend Of The Fountain” (1977)

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In a style that would fully bloom years later with the emergence of Pat’s Pikasso guitar, “Suite: II. Legends Of The Fountain” has Metheny spinning up beautiful melodies and arpeggios supported by deep pedal tones and artificial harmonics. I could be wrong, but I’m assuming that the harp guitar was employed here.

For the first minute and a half of the composition, the pairings of tone and response seem like groups of unconnected ideas…but then, with less than a minute to go, Pat draws them all together and plays a theme might have been a comfortable conclusion to the album proper. Might have been, as we still have “Sea Song,” which will complete the story.

Up next: Sea Song

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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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