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Pat Metheny: Trio 99 > 00

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Like anyone else who was even remotely associated with the guitar back in 1976-either as aficionado or practicing musician-I was blown away by Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life. With that solo debut on ECM, which also featured Jaco Pastorius on bass and Bob Moses on drums, Metheny single-handedly redefined the guitar trio with a personal voice that was a force of nature unto itself-like wind blowing through trees or waterfalls cascading down a mountainside. On this superb outing with drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Larry Grenadier, the great guitarist revisits that spare setting he has shown a particular fondness for throughout his career (see also 1984’s Rejoicing with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins and 1989’s Question and Answer with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes).

A master of melodic improvisation, Metheny spews endless streams of ideas at all tempos on Trio 99R00, flowing over the bar line with that perfect yin-yang of total command and complete abandon.

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