As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

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As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
As Falls Wichita.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1981 (1981-05)
RecordedSeptember 1980
StudioTalent Studio, Oslo, Norway
GenreJazz fusion
Length43:34
LabelECM
ProducerManfred Eicher
Pat Metheny chronology
80/81
(1980)
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
(1981)
Offramp
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]

As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls is a collaborative album by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, released in 1981. The title makes reference to Wichita, Kansas and Wichita Falls, Texas. The title tune is just under 21 minutes.

It is one of the few albums where Metheny not only acts as both the lead and accompanying guitarist but also the bassist, as each track uses fair amounts of overdubbing. The track "September Fifteenth" is in reference to September 15, 1980, the day the American jazz pianist Bill Evans died. Metheny and Mays cite Evans as a main influence. Both "September Fifteenth" and "It's for You" appear in the score for the 1985 film Fandango. "It's for You" would later be covered by Akiko Yano, with Metheny on guitar, for her 1989 album Welcome Back.

A specific section of first song (14:56), "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls", is frequently used by Christian Dior for the Fahrenheit perfume and cologne ads since 1988.

The front cover photograph is a reference to the lyrics of the song "Wichita Lineman" by Jimmy Webb.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

Side one:
No.TitleLength
1."As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls"20:44
Side two:
No.TitleLength
1."Ozark"4:03
2."September Fifteenth" (dedicated to Bill Evans)7:45
3."'It's for You'"8:20
4."Estupenda Graça"2:40
Total length:22:48

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Jazz Albums 1
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shewey, Don (2011). "Pat Metheny: As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ Cook, Stephen (2011). "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls – Lyle Mays | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.