Pat Metheny: Travels




Pat Metheny (guitar)


Works (ECM 823 270-2)

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Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Danny Gottlieb (drums),

Steve Rodby (bass)


Composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays


Recorded: live on tour, 1982


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Works is a compilation album featuring selected cuts from Pat Metheny's ECM catalog released from 1979 through 1983. "Travels" first appeared on the Travels LP released in 1983.

"Travels" was recorded live in concert. This lovely ballad is performed at a snail's pace. It is lush with the sounds of Metheny's gorgeous trademarked tone and slippery lines. Drummer Gottlieb spends most of his time on the brushes. Bassist Steve Rodby is asked to mimic Metheny on the melody from time to time while co-composer/keyboardist Lyle Mays adds tonal colors. My hunch is that this performance followed an up- tempo number and was designed to have a calming effect on the audience. There was one of those at every jazz concert I ever attended. I don't know about you, but when I hear a beautiful tune like this at a live show, I close my eyes and absorb it. I have always found that act a bit ironic. We go to a show to see the artists and then close our eyes while listening! But I guess we must subconsciously think that by shutting down one sense, we increase another. Ah, such is the power of great music.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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