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facing west
Nov 14 2019
at 3:56 PM
Great news--the wait is finally over. From This Place is out in February 2020, and from Pat’s comments it sounds like what we’ve all been waiting for. Beyond a political statement, it’s a summation of his work to date. I’ve been listening to America Undefined on repeat all afternoon, and it’s stunning. The idea that Pat not only brought a killer band into the studio, but worked with Alan Broadbent and Gil Goldstein, is phenomenal news. Things are looking up in 2020!
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facing west
Nov 18 2019
at 3:22 PM
Bookmark and Share Funny thing, naut, earlier today I came across a YouTube video of a tornado touching down on Unity Village in 2015. Coincidence? Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSmDkVnEj1A
saxond
Nov 18 2019
at 3:01 PM
Bookmark and Share One other thought. I’ve said I’m feeling this new album could be more an extension of The Way Up than the Unity stuff, and to illustrate that—combine the titles and you get The Way Up from This Place. Both titles seem to be pointing from an unhappy present to a better future.
saxond
Nov 18 2019
at 2:46 PM
Bookmark and Share naut, that’s a great point about the cover and the feel of climate disruption in the music. Yet from Pat’s notes, the thematic inspiration is a more general reaction to what happened in the last US presidential election. Pat always stresses that he leaves it to the listener to create their own mental pictures. The cyclone could be climate AND serve as a larger metaphor. As someone who came up on 70s prog-rock, I’m very comfortable with letting the music create all kinds of cinema in my mind. This one, like The Way Up, really does that, right down to the voices and the train. What’s that train all about? I felt there was a whole epic story inside The Way Up, based on what Pat said in his contemporaneous notes about the crisis of that time--in that way, this new album could be a sequel. The Way Up was a warning, with a very positive "way up" resolution in the final section. We can expect more anger in what is to come. I can’t wait.
naut
Nov 18 2019
at 10:44 AM
Bookmark and Share Seems to me, the cover is a pretty in-your-face, big, honkin’ illustration of climate disruption, upheaval, "change"--whatever you wish to call it. Of course, there have always been tornadoes, but that one on the cover is particularly massive.
saxond
Nov 16 2019
at 11:43 PM
Bookmark and Share Just beyond thrilled, and for a particular reason. I do like the sax; I realize its essential place in jazz; but Pat’s guitar with piano is my first love, always will be. For that reason, I enjoyed the Unity Group but it wasn’t quite up to his early Group sound for me. Which is fine--I want Pat to pursue his own muse. I’m just delighted, though, that he comes back to something very close to the kind of ensemble that pleases so many of us, and even with an orchestra for that Secret Story feel. This new track gets better the more times you hear it. Builds and builds, tells a story without words that provokes the imagination, and yes, is one more part of the "culmination" phase of his career, in which it seems all the wonderful birds he’s sent flying are coming back home to roost. How will we ever wait for late February?
imeubu
Nov 16 2019
at 8:46 PM
Bookmark and Share The more I’ve listened to America Undefined the more I Love Pat’s use of harmonic ’tension-release’ and his continued attention and use of ’creative-soundflooring’. Pat YOU are a Master! Thank you ... This piece is my newest ’ear worm’ ...
tilbanup
Nov 16 2019
at 8:07 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west, bright size life was before I had heard of Pat. I was loaned the travels album from my guitar teacher back in 1981 after hearing the first 30 seconds of the first track, it changed my music pleasures forever. I’ve always had the taste for contemporary jazz before that, but from that day on Pat is my most favourite. I had the pleasure of meeting Pat back stage in Perth 2006, but like they say, you shouldn’t meet your heroes/idols, I was awe struck and just didn’t know what to say. Talk about gracious, he obliged me with a photo with him. I’ll never forget that night!
terryhickmott
Nov 16 2019
at 5:43 AM
Bookmark and Share Does anyone yet know if they will release a high definition download?
facing west
Nov 15 2019
at 4:49 PM
Bookmark and Share You know, tilbanup, I think I once heard Pat say that his new music always transcends and includes everything he’s done up to that point. It’s kind of integral music--all one thing. I would love to have 2020 tickets in my hands. Enjoy the show! By the way, I remember Pat also saying that when Bright Size Life came out, it didn’t sell many copies. One person in Australia bought it. Pat wanted to send him (or her) a letter, but ECM couldn’t track down the buyer. Maybe that person will be at the show, too. Or maybe that person is you!
tilbanup
Nov 14 2019
at 10:43 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west; I have just downloaded and listened to American Undefined and thought there was snippets of every thing he has done in that piece, before I read your comments. I have my tickets to the Perth concert next March. After hearing that I’m hangin’ out even more now!
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