Pat Metheny Group – Letter From Home (Full Album)

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Letter from Home is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1989 by Geffen Records. In 1990, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. It was certified gold by the RIAA on July 23, 1998.

“Picking up where Still Life (Talking) leaves off (instead of throwing listeners a curve ball like Song X), the equally triumphant Letter from Home stresses Brazilian elements with superb results. While a number of these treasures — including “Beat 70,” “Have You Heard,” and “Every Summer Night” — are light and accessible enough to have enjoyed exposure on some smooth jazz stations, Letter contains the type of depth and honesty that’s sorely lacking in most smooth jazz. Metheny has always known the difference between light and lightweight, and even at his most delicate, he avoids entering “Muzak” territory. True to form, the improviser doesn’t shy away from making extensive use of technology, but is insightful enough to do so in a very warm and soulful fashion. Like Still Life, Letter from Home is a fine example of a CD that is both a commercial and an artistic success.” – Alex Henderson/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All tracks written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

Side one:
1. “Have You Heard” 6:25
2. “Every Summer Night” 7:13
3. “Better Days Ahead” 3:02
4. “Spring Ain’t Here” 6:55
5. “45/8” (Metheny/Mays) 0:56
6. “5-5-7” (Metheny/Mays) 7:54
Total length: 31:05

Side two:
1. “Beat 70” (Metheny/Mays) 4:53
2. “Dream of the Return” (Spanish lyrics by Pedro Aznar) 5:25
3. “Are We There Yet” (Mays) 7:55
4. “Vidala” (Pedro Aznar) 3:04
5. “Slip Away” 5:24
6. “Letter from Home” 2:33
Total length: 27:94

Pat Metheny – acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string guitar, soprano guitar, tiple, guitar synthesizer, Synclavier
Lyle Mays – piano, organ, accordion, trumpet, Synclavier
Steve Rodby – acoustic and electric bass
Paul Wertico – drums, caja, percussion
Pedro Aznar – voice, guitar, marimba, vibraphone, sax, charango, melodica, pan pipe, percussion
Armando Marçal – percussion


Released: 1989
Recorded: Spring 1989
Studio: The Power Station, New York City
Length: 61:39
Label: Geffen
Producer: Pat Metheny