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12,535 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 254 of them this year alone and, so far, 105 this month (Feb. 24).

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Album review: Pat Metheny - Road to the Sun

Four Paths of Light: Jason Vieaux (solo guitar); Pat Metheny (composer).

Road to the Sun: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet - John Dearman (7-string guitar); Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant (guitars) + Pat Metheny (composer all tracks & guitar tracks 2 & 4).

Für Alina: Pat Metheny (42-string guitar).

A  one for guitar buffs and Metheny fans in particular. Although the universally regarded number one guitarist is only featured exclusively on the bonus track he did compose all of the music which is presented in the form of two suites. 

Four Paths of Light, not surprisingly, consists of four parts played on classical guitar by Jason Vieaux one of the composer's favourite guitarists - a feeling that I'm sure is mutual.

Road to the Sun comprises six parts played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with Metheny sitting in on a couple of them. It's all played perfectly by probably some of the best players on the planet - no doubt D'Addario strings are happy with the performance of their products.

However, as a non-guitarist I longed for another instrument to offer contrast which, in itself, would have further enhanced the performance.

The final track features the great man himself playing his 42-stringer which is more strings than the other 5 guitars put together. The D'Addario plant must have been working overtime!

It has quite an ethereal sound on this one track, Für Alina, although I'm not sure if he was firing on all 42.

Lance

Available March 5 on Modern Recordings/BMG.

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