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