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Mark Egan – About Now (2014)

Mark Egan again hooks up with former Pat Metheny Group bandmate Danny Gottlieb.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Hermitage” (1979)

For many years, I longed for those early Pat Metheny concerts, when “Phase Dance” was always played. OK, I still do, but there have been a few instances where the song has popped up

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “The Search” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “The Search” (1979)

Pat Metheny likes to say that the group has a hard time with song titles. They may be hashing out a new composition and the working title will be something like “New thing in E-flat”

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

Danny Gottlieb tosses in a quick drum lick before the introductory chord sequence takes off. For just a few bars, there’s a chance that the non-stop energy of (Cross the) Heartland will be maintained.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Jaco” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Jaco” (1978)

After an opening that manages to be sparse and yet unresolved, “Jaco” transitions into the first (only?) track on this album structured to feature rounds of solos in a more traditional jazz fashion.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Phase Dance” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Phase Dance” (1978)

It isn’t often that an up and coming band is able to create a piece of music that singularly defines their mission. A musical manifesto, if you will. Rarer still, is when the passage of time supports the integrity of said gauntlet.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “San Lorenzo” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “San Lorenzo” (1978)

With this album, we have what many think of as the classic Pat Metheny Group sound, “San Lorenzo” being a perfect exemplar.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Watercolors” (1977)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Watercolors” (1977)

A year after his auspicious debut, Pat Metheny returned to the ECM label with a lineup that’s very close to what would become the first incarnation of the Pat Metheny Group.

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

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

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.

Dennis Haklar, with Larry Coryell and Jon Anderson – Lizard's Tale (2012)

You come in expecting modern-day melding of fusion and prog that recalls the 1970s glories of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever and Eleventh House.

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