Pat Metheny: Is This America?


Is This America?


Pat Metheny (guitar)


Day Trip (Nonesuch 376828)

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Pat Metheny (guitar), Christian McBride (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums).

Composed by Pat Metheny


Recorded: New York, October 19, 2005


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Is this more Pat Metheny Americana? You bet. And if Aaron Copland had played guitar and gone to Berklee, he might have written tunes likes this during his Appalachian Spring phase. Metheny tosses off these gems like they are nothing, and fans and critics have come to take them for granted. But it is no small feat to craft such winning melodies, or to perform them with such slow, soulful sureness. If you added words to this tune, America might even sing along.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Lynne // May 09, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    I heard Pat do Is This America on the Elvis Costello show Spectacle. What an absolutely beautiful tune. I will most definitely pick up the CD.
  • 2 Roger // May 11, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    I also saw this on Spectacle and think it ranks with Oscar Pederson's Hymn to Feeedom on the Night Train Album. Beautiful!