Offramp

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Offramp
Pat Metheny Group-Offramp (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1982
Recorded October 1981
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 42:22
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Pat Metheny Group chronology
American Garage
(1980)
Offramp
(1982)
Travels
(1983)
Pat Metheny chronology
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
(1981)
Offramp
(1982)
Travels
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Offramp is the Grammy Award winning third album by Pat Metheny Group, released in 1982. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1983.[3] It is well known for containing the group's signature song, the Jazz Fusion ballad "Are You Going With Me?".

Offramp is the first studio recording on which Metheny used a guitar synthesizer (a Roland GR-300)[4] controlled with a Roland G-303 guitar synthesiser controller.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, except where noted.

Side I
No. Title Length
1. "Barcarole" (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Naná Vasconcelos) 3:17
2. "Are You Going With Me?"   8:47
3. "Au Lait"   8:32
Side II
No. Title Length
1. "Eighteen" (Metheny, Mays, Vasconcelos) 5:08
2. "Offramp"   5:59
3. "James"   6:47
4. "The Bat Part II"   3:50

"The Bat Part II" is a composition originally recorded by Metheny in the collaborative jazz album 80/81, in 1980.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

According to Billboard, Offramp reached #1 on the Jazz Album chart – a position it held for 16 weeks[6] – and #50 on the Pop Album chart.

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1983 Pat Metheny Group Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex (2011). "Offramp – Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ Brink, Bob (November 23, 1984). "Metheny Over Miami". The Miami News. pp. C1. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Birosik, Patti Jean (1989). The New Age music guide: profiles and recordings of 500 top New Age musicians. Collier Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-02-041640-1. 
  5. ^ http://www.joness.com/gr300/G-303.htm
  6. ^ "Asia Not Minor on Debut; Metheny: U.S. Stands Pat". Billboard. July 17, 1982. p. 5. Retrieved May 1, 2010.