Pat Metheny Group – Offramp (1982/2017)
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Genre: Jazz | Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Mora.jp | Front Cover | © ECM
“Offramp” is the third album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1982. It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. The album contains the popular ballad “Are You Going with Me?”. Offramp is the first studio album on which Metheny used a guitar synthesizer, a Roland GR-300 controlled with a Roland G-303 guitar synthesiser controller. The guitar synthesizer became one of Metheny’s most frequently used instruments. “Offramp” is also the first Group album to feature vocals, which became a fundamental component of the band’s sound.
If 1980’s As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls was defined by Pat Metheny’s charisma, its less accessible but certainly rewarding successor, Offramp, finds him leaning more toward the abstract. But as cerebral as Metheny gets on such atmospheric pieces as “Are You Going with Me?” and “Au Lait,” his playing remains decidedly lyrical and melodic. Clearly influenced by Jim Hall, the thoughtful Metheny makes excellent use of space, choosing his notes wisely and reminding listeners that, while he has heavy-duty chops, he’s not one to beat everybody over the head with them. Even when he picks up the tempo for the difficult and angular title song, he shuns empty musical acrobatics. Throughout the CD, Metheny enjoys a powerful rapport with keyboardist Lyle Mays, who also avoids exploiting his technique and opts for meaningful storytelling.
01 – Barcarole
02 – Are You Going with Me?
03 – Au Lait
04 – Eighteen
05 – Offramp
06 – James
07 – The Bat Part II
Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered & Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug.
Recorded in October 1981 at Power Station, New York. Mixed at Talent Studio, Oslo.
Pat Metheny – electric and acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer, Synclavier
Lyle Mays – piano, synthesizers, autoharp, electric organ, Synclavier
Steve Rodby – electric and acoustic bass
Danny Gottlieb – drums
Naná Vasconcelos – percussion, voice, berimbau