Guitarist Pat Metheny and his longtime keyboard collaborator/alter ego Lyle Mays saw in their rural American roots a mystical connection to an entire world of sounds, and with As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, they began the process of fashioning an idiomatic folk expression all their own. With the help of master percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, they create a whistlestop tour of musical outposts on the extended title track that is at once gothic and atmospheric in the manner of Weather Report, bucolic and harmonious like the Byrds – with echoes of small towns, strip malls, and lonely rail yards, over expanses of wide-open space that reflect their familial origins and countless miles wandering the interstate on a string of college-town one-nighters. In the four square major modes of ‘Ozark’ and ‘It’s for You’ you can hear the beige tinge of the American experience that melded with African American music to give the U.S. its musical depth and breadth, while ‘September Fifteenth’ is a prayerful, ruminative reflection on the spirit of their romantic forebear, pianist Bill Evans.
- As Falls Wichita…
- September 15th
- “It’s for You”
- Estupenda Graca
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