by Pat Metheny Group


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/29/2000
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0042281062223
catalogNumber: 810622
Rank: 46912

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat 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 Credits

Pat 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

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Travels 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!