Road to the sun

Metheny, Pat

Road to the sun

Metheny, Pat

CD
Modern Recordings – 538639322
2020
2021
1000524282
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Gitarristen Pat Metheny har skrivit de två sviter som utgör merparten av skivans innehåll, men de framförs av andra. "Four partsof light" spelas av gitarristen Jason Vieaux och "Road to the sun" av The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. I den sistnämnda medverkar Metheny i två av satserna. Själv framför Metheny Arvo Pärts "Für Alina" på 42-strängad gitarr. Utvikningskonvolut i papp.

Vi kunde ha katalogiserat den här CD:n som klassisk musik, men vi vet att ni kommer att leta under jazz för att hitta den så det får bli så.

"...Road to the Sun, Metheny's debut offering for BMG's Modern Music imprint, marks the guitarist/composer's first deep dive into composing classical music for the guitar.

The set consists of two long suites. The first half is devoted to the four-movement Four Paths of Light, written for and performed by Grammy-winning classical guitar sensation Jason Vieaux, whose recordings embrace the classical guitar canon but also expand it to include modernists such as Astor Piazzolla, Baden Powell, and Ernst Mahle. (In 2005, Vieaux released Images of Metheny, on which he re-arranged the jazzman's compositions for solo classical guitar.) As a whole, Four Paths of Light doesn't recall much of Metheny's other music. The highly arpeggiated first and fourth movements criss-cross flamenco, choro, samba, and post-Romantic classical etudes without ever revealing a dominant form. The languid second movement is more sparse and spacious; it's the one section in the work pregnant with Metheny's assonant harmonic sensibilities; in fact, at least one motif can be traced back to 1979's New Chautauqua.

The six-movement title suite was composed for and performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, comprising John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, and Matthew Greif. Their signature, too, is one of crossover. Their concerts and recordings engage everything from classical, flamenco, and swing to bluegrass flatpicking, rockabilly, and even death metal. As a whole, this work is driven by their robust chromatic and rhythmic interplay, joining the classical impressionism of Debussy and Ravel to Django Reinhardt's finger-popping approach in wedding Eastern European folk music to jazz. The call-and-response element is episodic in the first movement, at once hypnotic and beguiling. It reflects the influence of canonical classical composers such as Francisco Tárrega or Federico Moreno Torroba, before a sprightly Brazilian schema enters (think César Guerra-Peixe's late work, or perhaps, Moacir Santos' "Coisas") before deft flamenco rhythms and sharp-edged arpeggios suddenly appear to seamlessly morph into pastoral vignettes. Part four is constructed of interlocking guitar glissandi floating through minor and augmented key signatures before woody physical percussion and descending scraped strings introduce a feeling of disorientation and dislocation. In the fifth movement, Metheny's hyperkinetic strumming joins the quartet's. His tone is unmistakable as he coaxes euphoric jazz -- complete with bent strings, tight arpeggios, and expanded tonalities -- to emerge from folk and pop harmonies amid fluid rhythmic contrapuntal exchanges with the quartet. The set-closer is a solo reading of Arvo Pärt's piano piece Fur Alina, played solo by Metheny on the 42-string, multi-neck Pikasso I guitar. Its spacious drama, tri-tone melodic structure, and elegant drones are somber and resonant. Road to the Sun showcases Metheny's developed musical hallmarks in compelling new and bravely wrought compositions, expertly performed by kindred spirits and modern masters." (Thom Jurek, allmusic.com)

11 spår; speltid 56:33.

  1. Four paths of light, part 1
  2.  -"- : Part 2
  3.  -"- : Part 3
  4.  -"- : Part 4
  5. Road to the sun, part 1
  6.  -"- : Part 2
  7.  -"- : Part 3
  8.  -"- : Part 4
  9.  -"- : Part 5
  10.  -"- : Part 6
  11. Für Alina
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