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(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Round Trip / Broadway Blues” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Round Trip / Broadway Blues” (1976)

Bright Size Life concludes with Pat finally tipping his hand on his love for Ornette Coleman.

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

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

Last week I said that Unquity Road came the closest to what we think of as a traditional jazz tune. With “Omaha Celebration,” we might as well conclude that this particular trio is just not going to approach “normal.”

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Midwestern Nights Dream” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Midwestern Nights Dream” (1976)

The key to “Midwestern Nights Dream” lies in the introspective introduction. In fact, its first two chords. They create a quiet, descending arc that when expanded upon gives a sense of falling.

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

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

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.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Bright Size Life” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Bright Size Life” (1976)

Welcome to the first entry of our new series (Cross the) Heartland, a song-by-song examination of the entire Pat Metheny catalog. It’s no secret that I’ve been a Metheny fan since my introduction to him

Gimme Five: The Pat Metheny Trio

by Mark Saleski Many artists, when asked to pick a favorite from their own discography, will lean toward their most recent release. Sure, I can see that. You work on new material, it’s fresh and exiting, and right there in the front of your mind. I’ve wondered what Pat Metheny’s response would be

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