Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)

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Beyond the Missouri Sky
(Short Stories)
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Studio album by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny
Released February 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)
Recorded 1996
Studio Right Track Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 69:11
Label Verve
Producer Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny
Charlie Haden chronology
Night and the City
(1996)Night and the City1996
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
None But the Loney Heart
(1997)None But the Loney Heart1997
Pat Metheny chronology
(1996) Quartet1996
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
(1997) Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)1997
Imaginary Day
(1997) Imaginary Day1997

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

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. According to Haden, "The Moon Song" by Johnny Mandel had never been recorded before.[2] However, the song is also known as "Solitary Moon" and has been covered by both Shirley Horn on her album You're My Thrill and Barbra Streisand on her album What Matters Most. "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.


The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected the album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[3] 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".[4]

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

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


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