Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)

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Beyond the Missouri Sky
Studio album by Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny
Released February 25, 1997
Recorded 1996
Genre Jazz
Length 69:11
Label Verve
Producer Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny
Charlie Haden chronology
Night and the City
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
None But the Loney Heart
Pat Metheny chronology
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
The Sign of 4

Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) is a jazz album by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny, two musicians who come from Missouri. The album was released by Verve Records on February 25, 1997. At the 40th Grammy Awards, they were awarded (Haden's first and Metheny's tenth) the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.[1]


The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected the album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[2] The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars calling it "a fine record when the material is happening, but a bit of a chore when it is not".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[2]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Waltz for Ruth"   Charlie Haden 4:28
2. "Our Spanish Love Song"   Haden 5:40
3. "Message to a Friend"   Pat Metheny 6:13
4. "Two for the Road"   Henry Mancini, Leslie Bricusse 5:16
5. "First Song" (for Ruth) Haden 6:37
6. "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress"   Jimmy Webb 4:05
7. "The Precious Jewel"   Roy Acuff 3:47
8. "He's Gone Away"   Traditional 4:18
9. "The Moon Song"   Johnny Mandel 6:56
10. "Tears of Rain"   Metheny 5:30
11. "Cinema Paradiso" (Love Theme) Andrea Morricone 3:35
12. "Cinema Paradiso" (Main Theme) Ennio Morricone 4:24
13. "Spiritual"   Josh Haden 8:22

Remarks on the compositions[edit]

The Precious Jewel had been made well known by the Delmore Brothers, a major influence on Charlie Haden as he pointed out. Waltz for Ruth was composed especially for this album and is dedicated to Haden's wife. Tears of Rain is also an original composition for this project by Metheny, recorded with his new acoustic sitar. The Moon Song by Johnny Mandel had never been recorded before.[4] Spiritual, by Charlie Haden's son Josh Haden was originally released on Spain's debut album, The Blue Moods of Spain, and was covered by Johnny Cash in 1996. Jimmy Webb took the title of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress from a Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name.


  • Charlie Haden - bass
  • Pat Metheny - acoustic guitars and all other instruments


1997 - 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards[1]

Title Category
Beyond the Missouri Sky Best Jazz Instrumental Performance


  1. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "Charlie Haden". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed. ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 624. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  3. ^ a b Gioffre, D. Allmusic Review accessed April 3, 2012
  4. ^ Charlie Haden; Pat Metheny (1997). Booklet: beyond the Missouri Sky (short stories).