First Circle – Pat Metheny

[Update: Found a second, more characteristic performance.]

Metheny’s best compositions (and “First Circle” is quite definitely in that category) often have a sense of joy to them that is rarely matched. I’m not sure the piece is best served by the big band sound in the later sections in this performance, but awesome all the same.

(And any ECM haytahz left out there can bite my lutefisk.)

3 Responses to “First Circle – Pat Metheny”


  • The Uncanny Canadian

    I’m certainly not an ECM haytah. I love my extracellular matrix. Is that what you were talking about?

    My first introduction to the Path Metheny Group was via some Ornette Coleman collaborations. I like the combination of jazz, prog, minimalism, and serious WANK. Awesome song, Plover.

  • I’m talking about the ECM record label, which is where Metheny got his start. At one point, jazz purists had a real disdain for the label and the artists there; I don’t know if this is still true. Several of the artists I initially associated with the label such as Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal are Scandanavian (or Minnesotan like Steve Tibbetts), so I sometimes forget it’s actually based in Germany.

    If you don’t know Steve Tibbetts, you should check him out. He’s done a number of different styles, and there’s not much by him on YouTube, but this video uses part of a track from Yr, an album which leaves many a proggy collapsed in an ecstatic puddle.

  • This is not for me. But I appreciate your appreciation.

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