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Studio album by
RecordedMay 26–29, 1980
StudioTalent, Oslo, Norway
GenreJazz, folk jazz
LabelECM 1180/81
ProducerManfred Eicher
Pat Metheny chronology
American Garage
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

80/81 is a double album by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny recorded over four days in May 1980 and released on ECM later that year. The trio features rhythm section Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette with guest saxophonists Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker.


Metheny toured in the U.S. in fall 1980 with a quartet including Redman, Haden and drummer Paul Motian.[1] In the summer of 1981, he toured Europe with the full 80/81 lineup featured on the album.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[4]

In a review for AllMusic, Richard S. Ginell wrote that "Metheny's credibility with the jazz community went way up with the release of this package", and called the album "a superb two-CD collaboration with a quartet of outstanding jazz musicians that dared to be uncompromising at a time when most artists would have merely continued pursuing their electric commercial successes."[3]

In an article at Between Sound and Space, Tyran Grillo called the album a "still-fresh sonic concoction", and noted that "With 80/81, Pat Metheny took one step closer to his dream of working with The Prophet of Freedom (Ornette Coleman) (a dream he finally achieved with 1985's Song X)". He concluded: "Like much of what Metheny produces, 80/81 is wide open in two ways. First in its far-reaching vision, and second it its willingness to embrace the listener. Like a dolly zoom, he enacts an illusion of simultaneous recession and approach, lit like a fuse that leads not to an explosion, but to more fuse."[6]

JazzTimes included the album in an article titled "10 Best Jazz Albums of the 1980s: Critics' Picks", in which Philip Booth stated: "Enlisting four of the musicians he most admired... the 26-year-old guitarist successfully translated the sound in his head to beautifully open, airy, sometimes urgent recordings."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All music is composed by Pat Metheny except as noted

Side one
1."Two Folk Songs: 1st" 13:17
2."Two Folk Songs: 2nd"Charlie Haden7:31
Side two
1."80/81" 7:28
2."The Bat" 5:58
3."Turnaround"Ornette Coleman7:05
Side three
  • Metheny
  • DeJohnette
  • Redman
  • Haden
  • Brecker
2."Pretty Scattered" 6:56
Side four
1."Every Day (I Thank You)"13:16
2."Goin' Ahead"3:56

Single CD edition[edit]

1."Two Folk Songs: One / Two"20:52
2."Every Day (I Thank You)"13:21
3."Goin' Ahead"3:51
5."The Bat"6:05



  1. ^ Cooke, Mervyn (2017). Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975–1984. Oxford University Press. pp. 213–214.
  2. ^ Cooke, Mervyn (2017). Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975–1984. Oxford University Press. p. 153.
  3. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S.. Pat Metheny: 80/81 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 994. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Grillo, Tyran (October 14, 2011). "Pat Metheny: 80-81 (ECM 1180/81)". Between Sound and Space. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  7. ^ Booth, Philip (November 23, 2020). "10 Best Jazz Albums of the 1980s: Critics' Picks". JazzTimes. Retrieved March 19, 2021.