Pat Metheny: First Circle


The First Circle


Pat Metheny (guitar)


First Circle (ECM 25008)

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Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Steve Rodby (bass), Paul Wertico (drums),

Pedro Aznar (acoustic nylon string guitar, voice, bells, percussion)


Recorded: Power Station, New York. February 15-19, 1984


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

The title track to the Pat Metheny Groupís 1984 album, First Circle, opens with a complicated clap rhythm and a melody stated via the wordless vocalizing thatís such an integral part of the Metheny Group sound, here performed by the multi-talented Pedro Aznar. After an escalating piano solo by Lyle Mays, the band takes off, building the tune into something gloriously ascendant. A standout tune on an outstanding album.

Reviewer: Lucy Tauss

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