Monday, August 25, 2014

Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (1982)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life (1976)

Gorgeous ambient jazz from guitarist Pat Metheny and keyboardist/frequent Metheny collaborator Lyle Mays. The 20-minute-plus title track is an enigmatic, multi-suite masterpiece, and the rest of the album, while generally leaning a bit closer to center, is beautiful in a more easy-to-grasp way. Apparently, way back when, my mom used to put this record on when it was my nap time, and let it play as I slept. My dad played it for me last week, and it struck an oddly, almost biologically familiar chord with me -- gonna be honest, I got a lil' verklempt.

Track listing:
1. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
2. Ozark
3. September Fifteenth (dedicated to Bill Evans)
4. It's for You
5. Estupenda Graça

The waves at night


  1. Just to quickly tell you what you already know - you have a very strange blog. To go from Bathory to Eddie Henderson, The Strawbs and Pat Metheny is, like, really strange. And I don't even think you're trying to be mind-boggling, just posting stuff you like, right ? I'm not downloading much (yes, I'm scared)
    but feel compelled to look (OK, I did do quite a productive trawl through your back pages). Anyway, thank you very much for it all. - Michael

    1. Haha, yeah, I just post stuff that I like. If I'm really digging something, and think that more people should hear it, I post it on here. Glad you're getting some enjoyment out of it.

    2. This is the reason I check this blog several times a week. All the best blogs post a lot of unexpected stuff. I love the variety. Thanks, dr_spirt!!!!

  2. I just found your blog. Already loving it as it matches a lot of my diverse listening interests (black metal to ambient synth, etc.), but finding this album on here cements my admiration of your taste.

  3. I agree with the other peoples. Same reason this is my favorite blog to discover something new from. Killer variety of incredible music.

  4. Is last train home not.just the song Abraham Martin and John with the running background of Petticoat Junction and Hill street blues????

  5. Thanks again! I'm on an ECM tear at the moment, and your posts are added gravy. Cheers!