BRIGHT SIZE POLL: the pat metheney poll

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OK so my Dad gave me a bunch of his old Metheney records and I'm kinda shocked at how *out* some of this stuff is; conventional wisdom had always told me Metheney was boring elevator muzak. I'm really enjoying a lot of it and am wondering where to go next. Plz rank dude's album accordingly. From Wiki, Group albums + "Other" prominent records.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls 1981 4
Song X 1986 2
American Garage 1980 2
Electric Counterpoint 1
Like Minds 1998 1
The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 Soundtrack 1
First Circle 1984 ECM 1
Offramp 1982 ECM 1
80/81 1980 1
Upojenie 2002 0
The Sign of 4 1996 0
Quartet 1996 0
Imaginary Day 1997 Warner Bros. Records 0
Metheny/Mehldau 2006 0
Morente sueña la Alhambra 2005 0
The Way Up 2005 Nonesuch Records 0
The Sound of Summer Running 1998 0
Speaking of Now 2002 Warner Bros. Records 0
Jaco 1974 0
We Live Here 1995 Geffen Records 0
The Road to You 1993 0
Pat Metheny Group 1978 0
Watercolors 1977 0
Shadows and Light 1980 0
Asylum with Joni Mitchell 0
The Song Is You 1981 0
Travels 1983 ECM 0
Still Life (Talking) 1987 Geffen Records 0
Letter from Home 1989 Geffen Records 0
Parallel Realities Live 1990 0
Metheny Mehldau Quartet 20070


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 17 December 2007 18:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

First Circle, particularly the track Yolanda, You Learn.

Lolpez, Monday, 17 December 2007 18:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

No Zero Tolerance, no audibility.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 17 December 2007 19:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Song X, which is cheating, I know. But I'm not a huge Metheney fan.

The guy who just votes in polls, Monday, 17 December 2007 19:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Song X is totes not cheating! It was the only Metheney record I didn't hide until I started hearing the likes of 80/81 and Paralell Realities.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 01:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

the only Metheney record I didn't hide from company until I started hearing...

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 01:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

So no Bright Size Life option???

Like Minds is technically a Gary Burton album, I think, but if it's here then I'm voting for it. It's not way out, it's just perfect.

Jordan, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 02:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

i only own one of his albums - the falcon and the snowman album - specifically for the amazing bowie sung track "this is not america". i've only heard one other song of his - the balearic banger "slip away", and i love it, but i guess i'll go w/snowman only out of ignorance

jaxon, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 02:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm partial to Offramp.

My runners-up include Bright Size Life, Still Life (Talking), and Letter From Home

Moodles, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 02:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm a big fan of that analog guitar synth sound that he's always using.

Moodles, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 02:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

"American Garage"

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 10:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Thursday, 20 December 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have heard about six of these forty thousand albums, but I have to admit that those six are mostly pretty good.

Oilyrags, Thursday, 20 December 2007 00:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

As Falls Wichita...

Strange and beautiful.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll vote for the only one I have-- "Rejoicing" feat. Haden & Higgins--acoustic gold and synth craziness in equal measures.

Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

...and it's not even on the list for some reason. Still gets my vote.

Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Though I've been listening to a shit ton of Offramp ("Barcarole," "Are You Going With Me?" and the title track which is a colossal guitar synth freak out) and Rejoicing with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins which has a great mix of atmospheric, extremely melodic straight ahead jazz and several awesome guitar synth tracks...

Xpost obv.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The Calling" = awesome

Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Likewise "Waiting For An Answer"--all harmonic-y bowed bass and guitar swells--and "Story From a Stranger"...

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 December 2007 03:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Witchita Falls is the only great album from Metheney.

I eat cannibals, Thursday, 20 December 2007 04:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Another that should be added to this list is Question & Answer with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes. Great straight-up jazz with some of Pat's most burning guitar.

Moodles, Thursday, 20 December 2007 04:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Friday, 21 December 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

I have been unable to get off the fence about this guy pretty much since I first heard him 20-ish years ago, but he has the best guitar faces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx0uvCBu7TU

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

How did I miss this??

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

his name is spelled wrong in the thread title

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

offramp was robbed

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

What is Asylum with Joni Mitchell?...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

his name is spelled wrong in the thread title

Ha, that's actually a good explanation.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

My love and respect for Metheny has really grown in recent years. He keeps cranking out music, but never shies away from experimentation and innovation.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:22 (eight months ago) Permalink


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