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I Can See Your House from Here [Pat Metheny]
1. I Can See Your House from Here
2. Red One, The
3. No Matter What
4. Everybody's Party
5. Message to a Friend
6. No Way Jose
7. Say the Brother's Name
9. Quiet Rising
10. One Way to Be
11. You Speak My Language
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 27765
Personnel: John Scofield (electric & steel-string acoustic guitars); Pat Metheny (electric & nylon-string acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer); Steve Swallow (acoustic & electric basses); Bill Stewart (drums).
Recorded at The Power Station, New York, New York in December 1993.
Composers: Pat Metheny; John Scofield.
Personnel: Pat Metheny (guitar, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer); John Scofield (guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar); Steve Swallow (guitar, acoustic bass, electric bass, bass guitar); Bill Stewart (drums).
Audio Mixer: James Farber.
Recording information: Power Station Studios, New York, NY (12/1993).
Photographers: Jacques Lowe; Jan Staller.
Unknown Contributor Role: Pat Metheny.
Superstar jazz recording sessions generally proceed with an abundance of ego and good intentions--yet rarely if ever is the sum equal to its parts. There's simply no substitute for empathy and forethought.
Or the mutual respect these master stylists display on I CAN SEE YOUR HOUSE FROM HERE. Scofield and Metheny represent two distinct takes on modern jazz and the electric guitar. Both come directly out of Jim Hall, the poet laureate of jazz guitar. Metheny's romantic "Say The Brother's Name" and "Quiet Rising," and Scofield's after hours blues "You Speak My Language" provide ardent settings for both guitarists to pay homage to their primary influence with suede, legato phrasings and supple harmonies.
But where Metheny's muse (and his immensely popular band) often tends toward rich layered harmonies and percolating Brazilian rhythms, Scofield is a hard blues, hard bop player, with more than a little touch of funk in his tone. Where Metheny flows, Scofield sort of barks and bites into his lines, as reflected by such ardent, jagged themes as "One Way To Be" and "No Way Jose."
Yet for all the stylistic differences, the sum of their collaboration is such that casual listeners might find it difficult to tell who's who. Scofield and Metheny touch on all sorts of dancing instrumental moods, leavened by modern jazz, flavored by rock, blues and Latin America, driven in style by bass guitarist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. Beautifully recorded, I CAN SEE YOUR HOUSE FROM HERE is an authentic musical communion.
Entertainment Weekly (5/20/94, p.63) - "...gearhead jazz from two speedy guitar pros in competition form...." - Rating: B
Musician (4/94, p.81) - "...[Metheny] and Sco[field] challenge each other to uncover melodies...the guitarists don't duel as much as swap philosophies. Scofield lunges at wild, improbably asymmetrical phrases with what-the-hell gusto, while Metheny explores sweeping, lyrical, elegant summations...."
Audio Magazine (6/94, p.94) - "...Scofield and Metheny find a common ground that often reveals fresh territory..."
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Blue Note (Label) CDP 8277652
EMI Music Distribution
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