Pat Metheny: Ozark
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
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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