Pat Metheny: Phase Dance


Phase Dance


Pat Metheny (guitar)


Pat Metheny Group (ECM 1114)

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Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Mark Egan (bass), Dan Gottlieb (drums).

Recorded: Talent Studio, Oslo. January, 1978


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The longtime concert opener, "Phase Dance" provides a distillation of the early Pat Metheny Group sound. Metheny rolls out arpeggios with his guitar in the high-strung Nashville tuning, punctuating phrases with ringing artificial harmonics. When Pat steps out to take a solo, Lyle comps with both piano and slowly ascending notes from the Oberheim. Mays's piano solo further ratchets up the intensity as Gottlieb pushes forward on snare and cymbals, all of this supported by Egan's muscular, almost Jaco-esque bass lines. As is typical of the Metheny Group approach, a fair amount of dynamics are employed – during the first restatement of the main theme, everybody momentarily drops away leaving the piano lightly tracing the changes. . . But then it's full steam ahead to the end.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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