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 Naná 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.
Performance CreditsPat Metheny Group Primary Artist,Track Performer
Naná Vasconcelos Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Voices,Berimbau
Pat Metheny Bass,Guitar,12-string Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,Classical Guitar,Track Performer
Danny Gottlieb Drums,Snare Drums
Lyle Mays Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Autoharp,Keyboards,Synclavier
Steve Rodby Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Technical CreditsPat Metheny Composer,Producer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Lyle Mays Composer
Randy Ezratty Engineer
Dieter Rehm Cover Photo
Dieter Jahnig Cover Photo
Milan Horacek Cover Photo
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Travels based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The Pat Metheny Group is normally filed under jazz. While Metheny is a jazz musician, it would be just as easy to place the double CD in the space music category. The music has that airy feel to it. I prefer the set to the later Group live CD The Road to You. I need to hear some more of Metheny's efforts before making up my mind about him.
You can't get much better than Pat Metheny and the PMG. Extrodinary talent and performances from the entire band. Metheny brings you only the best. This is simply a must have! Highly recomended listening!