Pat Metheny Group - Still Life (Talking) (1987)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Pat Metheny Group
Title Still Life (Talking)
Length 42:30 Discs: 1 Tracks: 7
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Geffen Cat. Number 24145
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded 1987  at  Power Station, NYC
Musicians Credits
Pat Metheny guitars
Lyle Mays piano, keyboards
Steve Rodby bass
Paul Wertico drums
Armando Marcal percussion, voice
David Blamires voice
Mark Ledford voice
Producer Pat Metheny
Producer Lyle Mays
Engineer Rob Eaton
Track list
Minuano (Metheny) 09:27
So May It Secretly Begin (Metheny) 06:26
Last Train Home (Metheny) 05:41
It's Just Talk (Metheny) 06:17
Third Wind (Metheny) 08:37
Distance (Metheny) 02:45
In Her Family (Metheny) 03:17
AMG Review (4 1/2):
While Brazilian music had captured Metheny's attention since the '70s, he placed an especially strong emphasis on Brazilian elements in the late '80s. A master of uniting seemingly disparate elements as a cohesive whole, the imaginative guitarist effectively combines Brazilian-influenced harmonies and rhythm with jazz, folk and pop elements on "So May It Secretly Begin," "Third Wind," "Minuano (Six Eight)" and other celebrated gems included on the CD Still Life (Talking). The Brazilian leanings are put aside on one of Metheny's most unique offerings ever, "Last Train Home," which boasts a charming Western theme that brings to mind a peaceful journey across the Arizona Desert. That may not sound like the description of a jazz piece, but then, making the unlikely a reality is among Metheny's many admirable qualities. — Alex Henderson