Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Genre Jazz. Track Listing. Here to Stay. And Then I Knew. But while the album's production values are as close to pop as anything Metheny has ever done, the strength and commitment of the playing elevates the music beyond simple confection.
The verse is longer than most pop tunes would allow, and while it certainly sounds effortless, its changes are anything but. Similarly, the more insistent and up-tempo "Red Sky" possesses a singable chorus featuring the lyricless vocals of David Blamires and Mark Ledford who, sadly, passed away in But the changes of its equally lengthy verse would again challenge most players. Just because something sounds this easy doesn't mean it is easy and, in some ways, We Live Here could be considered the Pat Metheny Group's most subversive record.
The tribal rhythm of the title track is a logical expansion of ideas first explored on "Barcarole," the opening track on Offramp ECM, One of the biggest criticisms of the Pat Metheny Group is that, as it has evolved over the past three decades, it's become less and less about the risk that many feel to be a defining characteristic in jazz.
And it's true that there's a significant distance between albums like We Live Here and Metheny's collaboration with free jazz legend Ornette Coleman on Song X released ; reissued by Nonesuch in And while We Live Here was met with a certain amount of surprise and disappointment on original release, even from longtime Metheny Group fans, it's weathered the test of time extremely well.
Taken in context of the group's overall body of work, it is ultimately another signpost along its long and varied journey. It's an album that, along with the recent The Way Up , could be considered one of the group's most revolutionary records to date. Dismissing Quartet as nothing more than a contractual obligation record is as unfair as considering We Live Here to be nothing more than smooth jazz.
That's not to say there aren't glimmers of Metheny's rich melodicism. The brief rubato "Introduction" and poignant waltz "When We Were Free" are as compelling as anything he's written. Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription Listen on Qobuz. Digital Download Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.
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Something to Remind You. Red Sky. Stranger in Town. See More. Despite the banal drum loops and the occasional section that is a bit too smooth, We Live Here does come through as a good album. While this record is recommended for fans of the Pat Metheny Group - and crossover jazz in general - some of the band's other, more ambitious albums may prove more rewarding.
Hugo R. Hugo Villanueva J. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. The epitome of jazz fusion, with a progressive tone throughout.
I remember hearing this for the fist time. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. Tracks such as "To the end of the world" and "Episode d'Azur" can be spun forever without getting tired of them. Pay close attention to the muted piano playing of Lyle Mays on "To the end of the world", he is unbelievable. Were this a fusion site, I would give it 10 stars
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