Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Pat Metheny Group - We Live Here (1995)
With the exception of most of The Rippingtons' early output, I am of the humble opinion that this gem from 1995 is the best smooth jazz record ever made. The album is a grand culmination of cool beats, a vessel of minimalistic piano-guitar laden voyages where the warm tides of the occasional synth-wash will carry you to new, undying places in your mind.
Every corner of the jazz genre multiverse has a Love Supreme, a Kind Of Blue, the sort of penultimate statement that can stand permanent in time even as other albums, other trends, other ideas, etc. fade to nothingness or are warped beyond recognition.
This, my friends, is that kind of statement made in a lite-jazz context, and you need it in your collection pronto!