Pat Metheny Group - Travels [ECM Records ECM 1-23791] (05 February 1983)

Released: 05 February 1983
Country: US
Label: ECM Records
Catalog: ECM 1-23791
Genre: Jazz

Item# SR-ECECM123791
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Are You Going With Me?
02 The Fields, The Sky
03 Goodbye
04 Phase Dance
05 Straight On Red
06 Farmer's Trust
07 Extradition
08 Goin' Ahead / As Falls Wichita,
So Falls Wichita Falls
09 Travels
10 Song For Bilbao
11 San Lorenzo

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Album Review

Richard S. Ginell []

Now well into its gliding Brazilian-tinged mode, the Pat Metheny Group hits the road, as this two-CD set catches the band live in Dallas, Philadelphia, Hartford, Sacramento, and Nacogdoches, TX. Percussionist Nana Vasconcelos is still listed as a ''special guest,'' but ever since Wichita Falls, he had not only been a part of the group, he was the transforming element in the Metheny ''sound,'' adding his various shakers, effects and ethereal vocals. Sidekick Lyle Mays gets deeper into floating, glistening synthesizer textures, but he is still able to take formidable and touching solos on acoustic grand piano. Still experimenting with new hardware, Metheny's work on a detuned guitar synthesizer gives the live ''As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls'' an exotic Balinese-like sound. Other highlights are the hard Brazilian grooves on ''Straight On Red'' and ''Song for Bilbao,'' as well as the trademark Metheny glide of ''Are You Going With Me?'' -- and the brief title track has a winning, guileless simplicity much like that of Keith Jarrett in a prayerful mood. If you liked the popular Offramp, you'll fall for Travels, too, but get the former album first.