- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: November 21, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Entertainment Weekly - 11/24/00, p.83
"...[The] guitarist to stretch out fruitfully on old favorites, jazz standards, and incisive new tunes..." - Rating: B
Q - 3/01, pp.108,1103 stars out of 5
- "...This current trio represents something of a career peak..."
Down Beat - 3/01, p.674 out of 5
- "...[His] finest, most musically supple recording since 1989's QUESTION AND ANSWER....his playing is limber, authoritative and compelling throughout..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/01, p.107
"...An excellent set....sheer melodic beauty."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Bright Size Life
- 2.Question And Answer
- 3.Giant Steps
- 4.Into The Dream
- 5.So May It Secretly Begin
- 6.The Bat
- 7.All The Things You Are
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Unity Village
- 3.Soul Cowboy
- 4.Night Turns Into Day
- 5.Faith Healer
- 6.Counting Texas
Pat Metheny Trio: Pat Metheny (synthesizer, acoustic, electric, 42-string & 12-string fretless guitars); Larry Grenadier (acoustic bass); Bill Stewart (drums).
Recorded live in 1999 and 2000.
Personnel: Pat Metheny (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, guitar synthesizer); Larry Grenadier (acoustic bass); Bill Stewart (drums).
Audio Mixers: Andrew Felluss; Rob Eaton.
Recording information: Europe (1999-2000); Japan (1999-2000); United States (1999-2000).
The live performance is the ideal medium for a talent like Pat Metheny, and this double-live set captures the guitar master with his trio over a series of 1999-2000 performances. As a unit, the group has a synergy uncommon among such short-lived ensembles. Their feel for each other's musical communication is at some points uncanny. Metheny in turn is just as accommodating to his partners, happy to play a supporting role when needed.
The music covered by the group includes a great deal of Metheny's older material, a few cherished standards, and a handful of recent compositions. Among the Metheny favorites are his early piece "Bright Size Life," the raucous "Question and Answer," and the pastel-hued "Unity Village." It's always a treat to hear players of this caliber wail away at standards, and their reworkings of "Giant Steps" and "All the Things You Are" are highlights. Other stellar performances are the off-kilter burner "Faith Healer," featuring a joyously noisy Metheny, and the swinging "Soul Cowboy."