Letter from Home

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Letter from Home
Letter from Home (cover).jpg
Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Jazz fusion, crossover jazz, Latin jazz
Length 61:39
Label Geffen
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group chronology
Still Life (Talking)
Letter from Home
The Road to You
Pat Metheny chronology
Still Life (Talking)
Letter from Home
Question and Answer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Letter from Home is an album by Pat Metheny Group, released in 1989 by Geffen Records. It picks up where Still Life (Talking) leaves off, continuing to infuse Brazilian elements into jazz.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Pat Metheny, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Have You Heard"   6:25
2. "Every Summer Night"   7:13
3. "Better Days Ahead"   3:02
4. "Spring Ain't Here"   6:55
5. "45/8" (Metheny, Lyle Mays) 0:56
6. "5-5-7" (Metheny, Mays) 7:54
7. "Beat 70" (Metheny, Mays) 4:53
8. "Dream of the Return" (Spanish lyrics by Pedro Aznar) 5:25
9. "Are We There Yet" (Mays) 7:55
10. "Vidala" (Aznar) 3:04
11. "Slip Away"   5:24
12. "Letter from Home"   2:33


  • Pat Metheny - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, 12 String Guitar, Soprano Guitars, Tiple, Guitar Synthesizers, Synclavier
  • Lyle Mays - Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Accordion, Trumpet, Synclavier
  • Steve Rodby – Acoustic and Electric Basses
  • Paul Wertico – Drums, Caja, Additional Percussion
  • Pedro Aznar – Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Marimba, Vibes, Tenor Sax, Charango, Melodica, Panpipe, Additional Percussion
  • Armando Marçal – Percussion

The album was recorded at The Power Station, New York, New York in Spring 1989.


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1990 Pat Metheny Group Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex (2011). "Letter from Home - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.