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Travels (Pat Metheny Group album)

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Travels
Live album by
Released1983
RecordedJuly–November 1982
VenuePhiladelphia, Dallas, Sacramento, Hartford, Nacogdoches
GenreJazz fusion
Length96:26
LabelECM
ECM 1252/53
ProducerManfred Eicher, Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Offramp
(1982)
Travels
(1983)
Rejoicing
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Travels is a live double album by the Pat Metheny Group recorded in July, October, and November 1982 and released on ECM the following year. The quintet features pianist Lyle Mays and rhythm section Steve Rodby and Dan Gottlieb, with guest Nana Vasconcelos.

It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

Background[edit]

The eleven tracks were recorded in Philadelphia, Dallas, Sacramento, Hartford, and Nacogdoches, Texas while on tour in America for Offramp (1982).

Reception[edit]

It was voted number 570 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays except where noted

Side I
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Are You Going with Me?" 9:19
2."The Fields, the Sky"Metheny7:46
3."Goodbye"Metheny8:16
Side II
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Phase Dance" 8:03
2."Straight on Red" 7:26
3."Farmer's Trust"Metheny6:25
Side III
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Extradition"Metheny5:45
2."Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" 16:22
Side IV
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Travels" 5:03
2."Song for Bilbao"Metheny8:28
3."San Lorenzo" 13:35

Personnel[edit]

Pat Metheny Group[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Manfred Eicher and Pat Metheny – producer
  • Jan Erik Kongshaug – mixing engineer
  • Randy Ezratty – live recording engineer
  • Gary Geller – assistant live recording engineer
  • Dieter Rehm – design
  • Dieter Rehm, Milan Horacek and Jähnig – cover photographs
  • Ron Pownall – liner photographs

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 62
US Traditional Jazz Albums (Billboard)[7] 8

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Category
1984 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Travels – Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 994. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 193. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  6. ^ "Pat Metheny Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  7. ^ "Pat Metheny Chart History (Traditional Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2023.