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rickys
May 03 2019
at 9:18 AM
This was my first Pat album. Hadn’t heard much pat before buying this and playing it constantly. Became a Metheniac shortly thereafter ! Every track on this album is so awesome ! Thanks Pat !
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franksexton
May 22 2019
at 2:25 PM
Bookmark and Share plus it’s the second favorite choice on this forum for Top Metheny albums.
franksexton
May 14 2019
at 6:11 PM
Bookmark and Share First Circle won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. ! How is it underrated ?
yossarian
May 13 2019
at 11:11 AM
Bookmark and Share Hearing the title track in concert (before I heard the album) remains one of the most uplifting musical memories I have. Staggering. I particularly love If I Could, Mas Alla, Tell It All and Yolanda too. The record clearly marked out different territory for the Group after Offramp and laid the ground for all the greatness that followed. PMG has to be among the greatest live bands of all time. Looking back on those gigs... so ambitious, so committed, but great tunes too.
hman01
May 10 2019
at 9:14 AM
Bookmark and Share I’ll always remember the First Circle tour. I didn’t hear the album before the concert. They started with "Forward March". I was thinking What the Hell is this? I still get a big chuckle out of that moment!
patsfan
May 07 2019
at 12:20 AM
Bookmark and Share Frank, I’m no musician ... but it became obvious to me over the years that First Circle was rythmic genius. You just have to isten to the Metropole Orchestra version in 2003 with Pat .... and pick up on the minimalist beats ... 12/8, 10/8, 20/8 etc. Had to be very influenced by Steve Reich, his albums in the 80’s, and Trains ( Last Train Home ) and minimalist beats and chords. Some Australian wrote a 100 page thesis on First Circle. It’s not simple. But I hope someone more acknowledgeable weighs in and answers your very leading question !
franksexton
May 06 2019
at 12:43 PM
Bookmark and Share who wants to explain the first circle clap?
patsfan
May 04 2019
at 12:58 AM
Bookmark and Share I get it , Rick ! Those early albums caught my attention big time !! I was a casual fan of jazz during the 70’s but after Bright Size, Offramp, Chattaqua, and Forst Circle I was totally hooked. Every tune in First Circle is great. It is so part of my musical soul . But maybe you could say that about so many of Pat’s albums ?
naut
May 03 2019
at 6:10 PM
Bookmark and Share On "Yolanda, You Learn" Pat’s synth solo is a mix of soprano sax, piccolo, trumpet, with a little Hammond B-3 tossed in for good measure. And oh, what good measures they are. (I wonder what Yo learned?...)
molesoulsandal
May 03 2019
at 2:24 PM
Bookmark and Share hey rickys - indeed, first circle’s top o’ the line! love it forever . . . . . i said on a different thread on here that i would suppose that, if i had to pick just ’one favorite pat album’, it might would be witchita falls, but it could just as easily be first circle . . . . i remember pat saying at the time that the title song was sort of a ’big truck of a song’, and boy, ain’t it the truth! woooo weeee, first circle, man!!
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