PAT METHENY — From This Place

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Album · 2020

Filed under Fusion
By PAT METHENY

Tracklist

A1.America Undefined
A2.Wide and Far
B1.You Are
B2.Same River
B3.Pathmaker
C1.The Past in Us
C2.Everything Explained
C3.From This Place
D1.Sixty-Six
D2.Love May Take Awhile

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Steve Dress
Bass [1st] – Nico Abondolo
Bass, Voice – Linda May Han Oh
Cello – Cecilia Tsan, Dane Little, Eric Byers, Jacob Braun, Trevor Handy, Vanessa Freebairn Smith
Cello [1st] – Andrew Shulman
Clarinet – Stuart Clark
Clarinet [1st] – Dan Higgins
Composed By [All Compositions By] – Pat Metheny
Drums – Antonio Sanchez
Featuring [With], Conductor [The Hollywood Studio Symphony Conducted By] – Joel McNeely
Featuring [With], Harmonica – Gregoire Maret
Featuring [With], Percussion – Luis Conte
Featuring [With], Vocals [Vocal] – Meshell Ndegeocello
Flute – Jenni Olson, Steve Kujala
Flute [1st] – Heather Clark
French Horn – Laura Brenes
French Horn [1st] – Dylan Hart
Guitar [Guitars], Keyboards – Pat Metheny
Piano – Gwilym Simcock
Trombone – Bill Reichenbach , Steve Holtman
Trombone [1st] – Alex Iles
Viola – Alma Fernandez, Darrin McCann, David Walther, Diana Wade, Lynne Richburg, Meredith Crawford, Rob Brophy
Viola [1st] – Shawn Mann
Violin – Amy Hershberger, Ben Jacobson , Charlie Bisharat, Eun-Mee Ahn, Helen Nightengale, Jackie Brand, Jessica Guideri , Lorenz Gamma, Maia Jasper, Natalie Leggett, Phillip Levy, Sara Parkins, Sarah Thornblade, Serena McKinney, Songa Lee, Tammy Hatwan , Tereza Stanislav
Violin [Pr 2nd] – Julie Gigante
Violin, Concertmaster [CM] – Roger Wilkie

About this release

Nonesuch ‎– 075597924350 (US)

Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York
Hollywood Studio Symphony recorded at Sony Scoring Stage: Los Angeles
Percussion recorded at Igloo Studio Los Angeles

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darkshade
Pat is back! With a new lineup, bringing over long-time bandmate at this point, Antonio Sanchez, on drums. On bass is Linda May Han Oh, and on piano is Gwilym Simcock. The band is backed up by an orchestra. This is arguably one of his best albums over a 50 year career, which is quite a feat this late in the game. I haven't felt this great about a Pat Metheny album since The Way Up, released almost 15 years prior to this album. There's been some good stuff released in between, but nothing that has been as enjoyable as anything from 2005 and earlier... until From This Place.

From the massive prog-jazz opening track America Undefined, to the final heartfelt Love May Take Awhile, this album is a journey, and an emotional roller coaster, as Pat's best albums usually are. I enjoy every track here. The opener is very intense, with even some kind of rock out section in the last part, very exciting way to open things up. Same River is very classic Pat Metheny, Pathmaker is possibly the most fun tune on this album, and the harmonica player from The Way Up appears on The Past Is Us, a great tune. The emotional title song touches on the political climate of the late 2010s, but I think the final two pieces, Sixty-Six, written for Pat's age at the time, and the aforementioned Love May Take Awhile, are two of the most powerful pieces of music Pat has put out yet. The orchestral strings really shine on these last two.

I am reminded of Lyle Mays throughout this album, who passed away about a week before this album was released. The tune Sixty-Six takes on a whole other meaning for that is the age Lyle was at his passing, and the music is reminiscent of the Pat Metheny Group classic, "Last Train Home" makes it seem like a tribute to the life of Lyle Mays. The piano work of Gwilym Simcock is to be commended as he really brings out the spirit of Lyle throughout the music of From This Place. The orchestra does this as well, providing the synth-heavy background ambience Lyle would often provide in the PMG along with is piano playing, with an orchestra instead.

Overall, this album is like a marriage of Secret Story and The Way Up, while also bringing back some of the mid-Western sound from the 70s bands, with a pinch of the 80s PMG sound for good measure. All the while pushing things forward, there are many surprises throughout, some things I've never heard Pat do before. As far as his guitar playing, of course it's fantastic as usual, but this time he sounds more inspired than usual as of late, and his classic tone is back. Pat has never sounded so good. His clean guitar tone here is well balanced and warm, unlike his previous few albums where his tone was dry, far-away sounding, and cold.

Highly recommended for anyone who is even slightly into Pat's music. Great album from the modern master of Jazz.

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