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5.0 out of 5 stars
an album like no other, 23 Feb 2005
I've been a big fan of the PMG for a few years now - and it was with great excitement that I played this album on my way to work a few weeks ago - BIG MISTAKE - this isn't really music you can appreciate until you're familiar with it. Consequently, I was left feeling disappointed and a bit 'short-changed'. The 'mini-reviews' on the PMG website only fuelled my excitement and I was tempted to keep searching through the CD with the 'scan' button to find what initial reviews had indicated would be a rewarding experience.
A few weeks on and about 20 full listens all the way through - I LOVE IT - this really is an example of the sum of its 4 parts adding up to a greater whole. I own all the PMG albums, and I've noticed the more I initially 'like' something, the less long-term rewarding it actually is. This is an example of it in reverse and the more I listen the more important this album becomes. I'm now at a stage where it's the only cd I'm playing right now as everything else in comparison just doesn't inspire me in the same way.
Look at the other reviews and you'll see one guy who reviewed this twice, the first time at 2 stars and the second at 4 - and that sums up the approach you need to take with this record. Don't be too harsh on your first listen(s) and keep going back - you won't regret it!
All of the musicians excel on this recording - Metheny himself isn't as prominent as he is on his other albums, where his playing brilliance can dominate at times. If I had to single out a performance, the drumming of Sanchez is totally awesome and drives this record from start to finish.
This is a record that brings home the skill of Mays and Metheny as composers - we all know what first class musicians they are, but it is the composing that is a bigger challenge - and as my title suggests - this is a record like no other.
Emotionally this record can touch you at levels I've previously not experienced - and it leaves me wondering what on earth these guys can do next. Before that happens, this record will easily satisfy my every musical need.
Buy It - recommended without any hesitation.