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(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

“Estupenda Graca” is a rare entry in the Metheny catalog in that the title, Portuguese for “Stupendous Grace,” actually matches the mood of the song.

On Second Thought: The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope (2014)

On Second Thought: The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope (2014)

When Wilco released the Ashes of American Flags DVD for Record Store Day in 2009, I finally “got” it.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “It’s For You” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “It’s For You” (1981)

While I do tend to think of music in terms of albums, there are certain songs that for a variety of reasons get pulled away from their original context.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Ozark” (1981)

Unlike a lot of American kids, I was not forced into taking piano lessons. I was more of a stringed instruments guy, first with the violin and then the guitar.

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

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

“Oasis” provides a very early counterexample to the notion that the music of Pat Metheny tends toward lightweight fare, closer to new age or (worse) smooth jazz than anything from the “real” jazz tradition.

Don Cherry – Organic Music Society (1972; 2012 reissue)

Don Cherry was making world music before the genre had its own spot at the record stores, and that focus on new sounds always gives his albums a fizzy atmosphere of discovery

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Fusion in the most complete sense of the word, Ginger Baker’s all-too-brief Horses & Trees melds jazz, funk, world music, electronica, reggae, hip-hop and something noiser still.

Pat Metheny Group – Offramp/ First Circle (1982/1984)

Whenever you examine a great band that’s been going on as long as The Pat Metheny Group has, you can usually look back and find a period where they reached a crucial turning point in their development. They found some initial success with their original sound but after a few years felt themselves growing stale and before the public startedRead More

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