Pat Metheny: Ozark




Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays


As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

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Pat Metheny (guitar, bass), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Nana Vasconcelos (percussion, vocals).

Recorded: Talent Studio, Oslo. September, 1980


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This album opens with the long (20+ minutes) title track suite that explores an emotional scale ranging from sweet and pastoral all the way to dark and edgy. Tension is built up as a long, almost church-organ chord is held at the song's end. "Ozark" then sweeps away the fog and smoke of dark emotions by allowing Lyle Mays to shine with an enormous wave of chiming piano. Metheny contributes strummed acoustic guitar and counterpoint-laden arpeggios and harmonics, but this is clearly Lyle's vehicle. It's tough to describe how positive and hopeful this tune is, but let me say this: I can't play a note on the piano, but hearing "Ozark" brings up the urge to learn - every single time.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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  • 1 Luc Cuelenaere // Sep 14, 2008 at 12:01 AM
    Dear Mark, I'm sharing your love for the very beautiful song "Ozark" and especially the piano solo on it. My 18 year old son is a very talented piano player, he plays classical music and jazz. He has the talent for playing this solo but it would take him too much time to make a transcription himself. I suppose there must exist a transcription somewhere but we have never been able to find one. If you have a sheet or know where to find it, would you please let us know. If there are copyrights to pay, I'm willing to do so (for a reasonable price). I would be very grateful if you could help me. Please let me know something about the subject ?