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Album Review
mike


Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life
ECM
Produced by Manfred Eicher
Engineered by Martin Wieland
1976

4.5 out of 5 stars

Any album the features Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorious is going to be phenomenal. Bright Size Life is Metheny's first release under his name. That he and Pastorious, two of the best in history to play their respective instruments (guitar and bass guitar), got together for this album is just lucky as hell for us.
Most of the compisitions here are Metheny's except for Ornette Coleman's Round Trip/Broadway Blue's. While this is Metheny's album and these are his songs, it's Pastorious who ends up stealing a bit of the spotlight. Given a few more years, Metheny would have really been going full steam with his sound and technique. But here he seems to be laying back a bit, and Pastorious is all over it. Bob Moses on drums is a perfect match for the two (at the time) youngsters. Moses had played with Roland Kirk in the mid 60's, and was at the forefront of fusion with The Free Spirits. He knows where Metheny's head is at in these compositions. Moses keeps them moving in the right direction.


Nonesuch Records
Produced by Pat Metheny
Recorded and Mixed by Joe Feria
Assistant Engineer: Hyomin Kang
Mastered by Mark Wilder
2010

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