Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny: Our Spanish Love Song

10 Sep

Charlie Haden/Pat Metheny's Beyond the Missouri Sky

Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny’s 1997 album Beyond the Missouri Sky

Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny both grew up in Missouri, Metheny in the city of Lee’s Summit (2000 population: 91,364; Money Magazine’s 2010 best places to live ranking: 27th); Haden almost a generation earlier in the town of Forsyth (2000 population: 1,686).

Thus their 1997 album was named Beyond the Missouri Sky after the Show Me State.

Perhaps it should be the Hear Me state, because Beyond the Missouri Sky deserves an attentive audience. Listen quietly — even moreso if it’s the early a.m. — to a good and gentle album, which includes original pieces by both artists, Haden’s son Josh and covers of what Haden called in the liner notes “beautiful melodies and chords that inspired us.” (Their playing on Roy Acuff’s The Precious Jewel especially inspired this listener).

Haden on Metheny, from the album’s liner notes: “His musical presentation is always beyond category, and his sense of the sound in music that comes from the feeling of this country is uncanny. Of course, he is from Missouri, as I am, which surely has something to do with it. I call his sound, contemporary impressionistic americana.”

Metheny on Haden, from the same: “. . . I do know that we share a lot of the same aspirations about what music can be, and especially the open attitude and curiosity that I believe we’ve both retained from growing up as musicians who filled the hours of our formative years dreaming about music out there in the heartland of America.”

The only thing wrong with Beyond the Missouri Sky? It’s still, 15 years later, the only exclusive recording the two have done.

Below is a link to a 2003 live performance the two did of Haden’s composition Our Spanish Love Song.

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One Response to “Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny: Our Spanish Love Song”

  1. padraigoconnor September 10, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Sounds fantastic. Cheers!

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