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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Jazz, 2 May 2008
This review is from: Day Trip (Audio CD)
Guitarist Pat Metheny hardly needs any introduction. Though primarily a jazz musician, his music encompasses diverse genres, including, avant-garde music (with Steve Reich and Derek Bailey), world music, folk, and country. Day Trip is firmly in the jazz camp, being rooted in modern mainstream jazz and post-bop. With the exception of the somewhat schmaltzy track `Is this America?' all compositions are straight-ahead jazz workouts in trio format (guitar, bass, and drums). Metheny's pleasantly warm and melodic guitar sound recalls Wes Montgomery (Wes' influence seems to have become stronger over the years), but, in terms of its sheer virtuosity, is in a league of its own. This is the jazziest Metheny I have heard in a while. Compared to the sometimes bombastic sound of the Pat Metheny Group (as well as the Metheny-Mehldau recordings) the trio is a compact, bare-knuckle vehicle for Metheny's compositions. No gimmicks or sound effects, just pure jazz. Stripped down to the bare essentials of groove and improvisation, Day Trip is a masterly lesson in contemporary mainstream jazz thanks to drummer Anthony Sanchez and bassist Christian McBride. Sanchez is a polyrhythmic monster whose powerful drumming pushes Metheny's improvisations, while McBride's flexible bass lines and fat tone add give the trio a nice bottom sound. The mix on the record is very good, too. Especially Sanchez's excellent drum work is clearly audible. This is recommended listening for fans of modern post bop as well as the usual jazz guitar buffs.
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