Letter from Home (album)

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Letter from Home
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Studio album by
Released1989 (1989)
RecordedSpring 1989
Studio The Power Station, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, crossover jazz
Length61:39
Label Geffen
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Still Life (Talking)
(1987)
Letter from Home
(1989)
Question and Answer
(1990)
Professional ratings
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Letter from Home is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1989 by Geffen Records. In 1990, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. It was certified gold by the RIAA on July 23, 1998. [2]

Pat Metheny Group American jazz fusion group

The Pat Metheny Group is an American jazz fusion group founded in 1977 in Missouri. The core members of the group are guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny; and keyboardist and composer Lyle Mays, who was in the group at its inception. Other long-standing members include bassist and producer Steve Rodby, who joined in 1981, and member Antonio Sanchez, who has been the group's drummer since 2002. In addition to a core quartet, the group has often been joined by a variety of other instrumentalists expanding the size to six or eight musicians.

Geffen Records is an American record label, established by David Geffen and owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M Records imprint.

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance was an award given to a song or album for excellence in the jazz fusion genre, a combination of rock and jazz. It was given at the Grammy Awards, which began in 1958 under the name Gramophone Awards.

Contents

The album marked the return of Pedro Aznar, who became a member of the Group on the album First Circle . It also featured a reemphasis on increased instrumental diversity and was a huge commercial success, comfortably making the Top 200 album chart at Billboard magazine. "Slip Away" was, as Metheny put it, "extraordinarily successful, one of the most successful individual tunes that we've ever made." He said that it contains an ideal melodic durability.

Pedro Aznar Argentine musician and singer-songwriter

Pedro Aznar is an Argentine musician and singer-songwriter. He has a musical experience in jazz, Argentine folk and rock music and has a successful career as a solo artist. He is well known for giving rock songs a jazz-oriented style, by playing the fretless bass, with a big influence from Jaco Pastorius.

<i>First Circle</i> (album) 1984 studio album by Pat Metheny Group

First Circle is a Grammy Award–winning jazz album by the Pat Metheny Group. Released in 1984, it is the group's fourth studio release. Metheny is joined by Lyle Mays on keyboards, Steve Rodby on bass, Paul Wertico on drums, and Pedro Aznar on vocals, percussion, and guitar. First Circle won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

Track listing

All tracks written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

Side one:
No.TitleLength
1."Have You Heard"6:25
2."Every Summer Night"7:13
3."Better Days Ahead"3:02
4."Spring Ain't Here"6:55
5."45/8" (Metheny/Mays)0:56
6."5-5-7" (Metheny/Mays)7:54
Total length:31:05
Side two:
No.TitleLength
1."Beat 70" (Metheny/Mays)4:53
2."Dream of the Return" (Spanish lyrics by Pedro Aznar)5:25
3."Are We There Yet" (Mays)7:55
4."Vidala" (Pedro Aznar)3:04
5."Slip Away"5:24
6."Letter from Home"2:33
Total length:27:94

Personnel

A tiple, is a plucked-string chordophone of the guitar family. A tiple player is called a tiplista. The first mention of the tiple comes from musicologist Pablo Minguet e Irol in 1752. Although many variations of the instrument exist, the tiple is mostly associated with Colombia, and is considered the national instrument.

Guitar synthesizer

A guitar synthesizer is any one of a number of musical instrument systems that allow a guitarist to access synthesizer capabilities.

Synclavier Synthesizer model

The Synclavier was an early digital synthesizer, polyphonic digital sampling system, and music workstation manufactured by New England Digital Corporation of Norwich, Vermont. It was produced in various forms from the late 1970s into the early 1990s. The instrument has been used by prominent musicians.

Charts

AlbumBillboard

YearChartPosition
1989Billboard Jazz Albums1
1989Billboard Black Albums43
1989Billboard Pop Albums50

Awards

Grammy Awards

YearWinnerTitleCategory
1989Pat Metheny GroupLetter From Home Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance

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References

  1. Henderson, Alex (2011). "Letter from Home - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 19 May 2017.