Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny: He's Gone Away
He's Gone Away
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Verve 314 537 130)
Traditional. Arranged by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny.
Recorded: New York, 1996
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Both Haden and Metheny have mixed it up with Ornette, but don't let that fool you. They both have a traditional side, as shown by this delicately constructed version of an Appalachian folk song. You won't find many jazz tracks more understated or heartfelt than this one. The tempo hovers at the point where strict time almost falls into rubato. No guitarist is better than Metheny at these plaintive, yearning melodies. In a modern era when most guitarists try to make their name with speed and fire, his ability to cut to the essence of a song is worth more than a passel of flashy licks.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia