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Letter from Home based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Pat Metheny has been described (or maybe accused)as being the most lyrical of the fusion guitarists that arose in the '70's, and this CD represents his most appealing and melodic performance ever. Teaming with his longtime collaborator, keyboardist extraordinaire Lyle Mays, the compostitions are first-rate, emphasizing the melodic accessability that Metheny and Mays were obsessed with at this time (late '80's). If your are new to the genre, this is a perfect album to get to "know" this great fusion group's work. I dare anyone to listen to "Slip Away" for the first time and not immediately put it back on again. I saw PMG on their 1990 Letter from Home tour--an unbelievable live band with Steve Rodby killing on bass and the great Paul Wertico (no longer with the group) doing unparalleled drumming and cymbals work (his signature). "Have You Heard" was a concert highlight with Pedro nailing that last, now famous note. The studio cut on this album is nearly as exciting. What really stands out on the CD is Pat's incredible, unmatched soloing (though Mays nearly matches him) and the superior Mays/Metheny compositions, among the most commercially appealing in their catalog--and that's meant to be a compliment. Definitely a landmark jazz-fusion classic that any serious music collector has got to have.