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Passengers

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01
Sea Journey
9:18  
02
Nacada
4:15  
03
The Whopper
5:32  
04
B & G (Midwestern Night Dreams)
8:26  
05
Yellow Fields
7:02  
06
Claude and Betty
6:16  
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 40:49

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A great ECM session

Fitterstoke45

This lovely record - which really should be attributed to Gary Burton, by the way - is a triumph for all concerned. Pat Metheny, caught in a collaborative role long before his international stardom, is on sparkling form: his gorgeous, ethereal 'B & G' and perky 'The Whopper' being highlights of the record, while the version of 'Yellow Fields' herein eclipses even Eberhard Weber's fine original version for subtlety and sheer beauty. Great solos abound, not least on Chick Corea's 'Sea Journey' where the vastly contrasting styles of the two superstar bassists enhance the sense of exhuberence evident throughout the track. Burton himself is a joy to listen to. One of those great ECM sessions where everything just seemed so right. Download with confidence!

They Say All Music Guide

Guitarist Pat Metheny was a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton’s group from 1974-1976, but although he had recorded with Burton twice previously, both of those dates also included guitarist Mick Goodrick. This particular set puts more of a focus on Metheny in a quintet that also includes drummer Danny Gottlieb and both Steve Swallow and Eberhard Weber on basses. Metheny contributed three of the six selections, which are joined by a song apiece from Swallow, Weber, and Chick Corea (“Sea Journey”). Although none of the individual songs caught on, the attractive sound of the post-bop unit and an opportunity to hear Pat Metheny in his formative period make this a CD reissue worth exploring. – Scott Yanow

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