Pat Metheny: Imaginary Day
Pat Metheny (guitar)
Imaginary Day (Warner Bros. 9 46791-2)
Recorded: Right Track Recording, New York. Spring, 1997
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
When Imaginary Day first came out, it seemed like a huge step forward for the Pat Metheny Group. Great, dynamic shifts in mood and texture are nothing new for this ensemble, and yet the addition of instruments like the fretless acoustic guitar made the composition seem otherworldly. At several points, the entire band drops away, giving Wertico (with tremendous cymbal work) and Rodby space to kick off the next segment. Lyle Mays just might be the (second!) secret weapon here – his keyboard voicings definitely add to the exotic nature of this very cinematic work.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski
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