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What a great book! I was hoping for this to be a Pat Metheny version of Ashley Kahn’s “the making of Kind of Blue” and “the creation of Love Supreme”. But I think that it’s much more! From 1976’s Bright Size Life to 1984’s First Circle - 8 years - 11 albums of such diverse creativity. This is a really clear examination of the step-by-step development of PMs early music. I am assuming that it’s a college textbook - there’s a lot of technical analysis of the music. However, since I am a non-musician, I just ploughed-on through those bits enjoying the sound of the words!… (maybe I imbibed some music theory along the way!) but I did learn a lot of new stuff about PM’s creative history. For a simple Pat Metheny music fan, the book tells a great story and it is really well told by Prof Cooke.
Very informative on the background to Pat Metheny's ECM years and each ECM album's development. So nice musical analysis and musical examples (transcriptions). Essential reading for musician into Pat Metheny but plenty of interest for any general Pat Metheny fan. A great read. BTW A great book series, The Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett books are equally as good.
The fact that this book is part of the Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz series should tell you everything you need to know. It's a little academic, with some sections on theory and musical notation. It's also a clear, lucid and insightful. More to the point, it is worthy of Metheny the artist. In addition to the music, Cooke also considers things such as ECM's photography and art direction. Recommended for anyone who wants to take a deeper look into Metheny's world.
Just started reading this, but wow...it looks very interesting. Non musicians, don't be deterred by the promise of notation and musical examples. It is chock full of info and anecdotes. Highly recommended! Will clarify as I read more if anything changes.
This is a truly comprehensive look at Pat Metheny and the ECM years. Clearly, this was a labor of love and the amount of research that went into it is evident. Can we get the next phase of Pat’s career for a follow up book?