Thursday, 18 March 2010

Pat Metheny Group ''We Live Here''

Pat Metheny Group

''We Live Here''
( Geffen Records, 1994 )
Catalog # 24729

1. Here to Stay
2. And Then I Knew
3. The Girls Next Door
4. To the End of the World
5. We Live Here
6. Episode D' Azur
7. Something to Remind You
8. Red Sky
9. Stranger in Town

Another one off cassette tape and again this one doesn't appear to have been played.

This 1994 recording marks one of the closest collaborations of guitarist Pat Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays, with every composition co-composed by the two except Mays's "Episode d'Azur." It's a varied, engaging tapestry. Metheny's ever- shifting guitar sounds percolate and soar over the smooth backgrounds of Mays's piano and synthesized orchestrations, occasional background vocals by David Blamires and Mark Ledford, and a strong foundation provided by bassist Steve Rodby. The title song builds over a wall of rapid, insistent percussion from Paul Wertico and Luis Conte, while there's a brooding, luminous sweep that seethes, then explodes, in the 12-minute "To the End of the World." But it's Metheny's inventive guitar work that distinguishes this music, including the long, lyrical lines of the very pretty "And Then I Knew," the tunefully subdued funk of "The Girls Next Door," and the soaring, bubbling excitement of "Episode."
By Adam Rains

Principally recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York in 1994.
WE LIVE HERE won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
The Pat Metheny Group have always been on the move. Previous album titles such as THE ROAD TO YOU, OFFRAMP and LETTER FROM HOME indicate a proclivity for motion, and on their latest production, WE LIVE HERE, they show that their home is a constant state of travel. Throughout these nine songs they challenge the listener to not go with them.
The Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays composition team works with hooky structures which provide foundations for thoughtful, and, at times, passionate improvisations. The rousing riff behind "Stranger In Town" serves as a jumping-off point for one of Pat's many stunning solos. With a full, warm sound, he masterfully develops his improvisations as if he were telling tales, weaving lines through carefully fabricated collages of harmonic color. Thematic and motivic development are standard in Metheny's playing, and he expresses his ideas with such conviction and craft that you may find yourself humming them later.
Another highlight of WE LIVE HERE is the propelling percussion of Luis Conte. From the hip-hoppish groove of "Here To Stay" to the fierce, tribal soundscape supporting the title track, Conte always adds the right juice to the mix.
The Pat Metheny Group are at home when they are playing with fire--sometimes smoldering, sometimes blazing, but always burning.
Pat Metheny Group: Pat Metheny (guitar, guitar synthesizer); David Blamires (vocals); Mark Ledford (vocals, whistles, flugelhorn, trumpet); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); Steve Rodby (acoustic & electric basses); Paul Wertico (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
Additional personnel: Dave Samuels (cymbals); Sammy Merendino (drum programming).
Entertainment Weekly (1/20/95, p.53) - "...With a sure instinct for sleek grooves, Metheny travels a path between jazz, Latin-esque ideas, and, this time out, soft-core R&B--with winning musicality..." - Rating: A-

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