Pat Metheny Group (album)

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Pat Metheny Group
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1978
Recorded January 1978
Studio Talent Studio, Oslo, Norway
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 41:28
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Pat Metheny Group chronology
Pat Metheny Group
(1978)
American Garage
(1979)
Pat Metheny chronology
Watercolors
(1977)
Pat Metheny Group
(1978)
New Chautauqua
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (positive)[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Pat Metheny Group is the first album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1978. It features Pat Metheny on guitars, Lyle Mays on piano and synthesizer, Mark Egan on electric bass, and Danny Gottlieb on drums.

Many elements that became defining traits of the band's overall sound were in place on the first album, namely Metheny's incorporation of several different guitars and Mays's fusion of electronic and acoustic keyboards to create a fuller, more harmonically sophisticated foundation for the melodies and solos. This is particularly evidenced on the track, "Phase Dance", where Metheny introduces the main melody on an acoustic guitar and then switches to an electric to play one of the improvisational solos, with Mays providing the foundation on keyboards before playing the other solo. "Phase Dance" quickly became a signature song for the Group, most often played in concert as an introductory piece.

Track listing[edit]

Side I
No. Title Music Length
1. "San Lorenzo" Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays 10:14
2. "Phase Dance" Metheny, Mays 8:18
Side II
No. Title Music Length
1. "Jaco" Metheny 5:34
2. "Aprilwind" Metheny 2:09
3. "April Joy" Metheny 8:14
4. "Lone Jack" Metheny, Mays 6:41

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1978 Jazz Albums 5
1978 Pop Albums 123

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Pat Metheny Group - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Tipp, Jayson (1 February 1997). "Pat Metheny Group: Pat Metheny Group". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.