Offrampby Pat Metheny Group
If 1980's As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls was defined by Pat Metheny's charisma, its less accessible but certainly rewarding successor, Offramp, finds him leaning more toward the abstract. But as cerebral as Metheny gets on such atmospheric pieces as "Are You Going with Me?" and "Au Lait," his playing remains decidedly lyrical and melodic. Clearly influenced by Jim Hall, the thoughtful Metheny makes excellent use of space, choosing his notes wisely and reminding listeners that, while he has heavy-duty chops, he's not one to beat everybody over the head with them. Even when he picks up the tempo for the difficult and angular title song, he shuns empty musical acrobatics. Throughout the CD, Metheny enjoys a powerful rapport with keyboardist Lyle Mays, who also avoids exploiting his technique and opts for meaningful storytelling.
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- Ecm Records
Performance CreditsPat Metheny Group Primary Artist,Track Performer
Naná Vasconcelos Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Voices,Berimbau
Pat Metheny Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,Synclavier,Track Performer
Danny Gottlieb Drums,Snare Drums
Lyle Mays Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Autoharp,Harp,Synclavier
Steve Rodby Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Technical CreditsNaná Vasconcelos Composer
Pat Metheny Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Gregg Lunsford Engineer
Lyle Mays Composer
Gerd Winner Artwork,Cover Graphics
Deborah Feingold Liner Notes
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This is a great album. I love to jump in my pool at night and relax to this wonderful piece of work.
This was the first jazz "album" that I ever bought. I was in high school at the time. I recently repurchased it on disc. Now, my 22 month old son and I frequently listen to it. It brings back great memories. "Are You Going With Me" is his favorite track. Who knows, maybe he and his son will be listening to it some day. It's that enduring!! GREAT work by Pat M.