Pat Metheny: Facing West


Facing West


Pat Metheny (guitar, electric bass, keyboards)


Secret Story (Geffen GEFD 24468)

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Pat Metheny (guitar, electric bass, keyboards), Lyle Mays (piano),

Armando Marcal (percussion), members of the London Orchestra


Recorded: No recording date given; CD released in 1992


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Guitarist Pat Metheny’s epic 1992 album Secret Story draws from a kaleidoscopic array of jazz and world elements to chronicle the arc of a relationship. The compositional and emotional scope of this far-ranging work really should be appreciated as a piece, but the individual tracks stand on their own. “Facing West” opens with Metheny’s rapidly strummed guitars paced by longtime collaborator Mays’ piano before the tune is sent aloft by Metheny’s buoyant melody and agile soloing, and aloft it stays for the duration of the track. A wonderful soaring tune, perhaps not strictly speaking essential, but delightful nonetheless.

Reviewer: Lucy Tauss

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