The Way Up
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Some of it may be rather unpalatable (the Derek Bailey collaborations) or almost unlistenable (step forward "Zero Tolerance for Silence") but it is always genuinely played and heartfelt.
And so it was that (thanks to a musicaholic friend of mine who must remain anonymous!) I came into the possession of an advance copy and snuck it in the cd player with several music paper reviews that were very promising but rather vague as to the content, ringing in my ears.
Five plays later and I still can't quite put down my thoughts in a way that would mean much to anyone else. It is a truly magnificent, epic, cinematic soundpiece that moves seamlessly through so many emotions - it is a journey, there is no other way of describing it.
With this album, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays have somehow managed to arrive at a place where many of their previous albums have hinted at, and there are a number of references to earlier works in there in the form of a sound or a brief motif. And it's a great place to be!
It is all compellingly listenable, consumately played, and I just can't wait to see the band perform it live - just imagine the standing ovation after 70 minutes of this amazing .....stuff!
If I have a concern, it is only this: each of the four pieces flow into each other and each piece also develops, ebbs, flows, dives, soars, meanders within itself.Read more ›
And now, three years later, we have "The Way Up". The change in those intervening three years has been nothing short of revolutionary. The recording is a single 68-minute piece divided into four movements, a move away from the shorter pieces of previous albums and exhibiting scant regard for commercialism or airtime. You won't be hearing this one very much on the radio.
"The Way Up" is impossible to summarise. Yes, it's jazz, first and foremost. Not easy-listening jazz, not dinner jazz, not even a jazz heard on previous PMG recordings, but a type of jazz heard all too rarely these day : ambitious jazz. Music from the front line. Jazz from the edge. But it's not some awful, experimental atonal racket. It's music of sheer beauty.
Led by Metheny, all the musicians (joined on this outing by harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret) play passionately throughout, and there's an astonishing coherence to the way they interact. Metheny, as ever, is the guiding light; Mays' piano and keyboards, on this recording, are more subtle and less to the fore.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
`The Way Up' is an astonishingly accomplished recording. The level of performance, the complexity of arrangement and the sonic detail are of the highest level. Read morePublished 17 months ago by os
For some reason I have just come back to this disc. I have just played it back to back roughly 10 times. Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by ChrisB
This is a typical example of Pat Metheny's mixture of world music and jazz that I find to be entertaining, relaxing and accessible.Published on 9 Nov. 2013 by terry symonds
It's a fabulous album and is exciting all the way through. I love the haunting guitar sound and the latin style background vocals. The price is a give-away in my opinion.Published on 17 Dec. 2011 by Mr. Gary Culpan
We all know that sometimes we can't follow what Metheney does - some stuff is just too difficult for me (must be my fault as he's the musician) But this one works. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Steven Berry
It's amusing to read reviews of Pat Metheny albums - the sheer diversity of his output inevitably causes disappointment in those wanting more of the same: bop, jazz, folksy... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2011 by molondas
If you love Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays - this is brilliant and sensitive. Soaring highs and haunting depths.Published on 15 Sept. 2010 by aficionado