Pat Metheny: Midwestern Nights Dream
Midwestern Nights Dream
Pat Metheny (guitar)
Bright Size Life (ECM 1073)
Recorded: Ludwigsburg, Germany, December 1975
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Bright Size Life may have been recorded in Ludwigsburg, Germany, but the spirit of the American heartland permeates its tracks. In addition to "Midwestern Nights Dream," other Metheny compositions from this seminal release include "Omaha Celebration" and "Missouri Uncompromised." The guitarist is joined on this exploration of aural Americana by New York-born drummer Bob Moses and Finnish- American Jaco Pastorius, raised in Pennsylvania and Florida. Missouri native Metheny leads the way with dreamy, free-floating chords that gradually entice his cohorts into musical dialogue. One of Metheny's great virtues as a guitarist is his complete freedom from clichés and trite licks. His improvised lines always grow organically from the music, invariably sounding natural and unforced. Although he is a master of technique, his music never sounds technical. Not since Wes Montgomery has a guitarist shown such consistent ability to enter into the inner life of a song. Only 21 years old when this track was recorded, Metheny was already making music as expansive as the Midwestern night sky.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia