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Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary, Expanded Remastered Edition 2005 [Re-Up]

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Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary, Expanded Remastered Edition 2005 [Re-Up]

Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary Edition 2005
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Free Jazz, Avant-Garde, Modern Creative | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79918-2 | 01:06:43

Song X is a collaborative studio album by American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and saxophonist Ornette Coleman. It is a free jazz record that was produced in a three-day recording session in 1985. The album features mutual Metheny/Coleman collaborator Charlie Haden on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Coleman's son Denardo on various percussion instruments. It was recorded at The Power Station in New York City between December 12 and December 14, 1985. A remixed and remastered version was issued on CD in August 2005, titled Song X: Twentieth Anniversary. Six unreleased tracks were added prior to the original eight songs. In The Penguin Guide to Jazz (2004), Richard Cook and Brian Morton said the more adventurous recordings on Song X showcased the jubilant playing between Coleman and Metheny, who not only "powered his way through Coleman's itinerary with utter conviction, he set up opportunities for the saxophonist to resolve and created a fusion with which Coleman's often impenetrable Prime Time bands had failed to come to terms." In a review of the album's 2005 reissue, Christgau wrote in Blender that all six bonus tracks were "strong enough to justify kicking off with them, and the perfect warm-up to an album Metheny was right to construct exactly as he did."

Two decades ago, some 15 years after he had started on his journey to being one of the biggest-selling jazz-fusion crossover stars in the business, guitarist Pat Metheny made Song X with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, the unclassifiable visionary of the first wave of free-improvised jazz. As that rare kind of jazz player with both the enthusiasm and the knack for conceiving melody in something like pop-song hooks, Metheny seemed an unlikely candidate to hit it off with Coleman's skewed tunes and indifference to linear musical narratives or vertical harmony, not to mention his cavalier creativity with pitch. But Metheny - a gifted improviser - slotted into Coleman's band without a blink.

Much of the music on the original Song X was uncompromisingly wild, particularly the 13-minute collective atonal jam on Endangered Species. But the rumour was that the 1985 album (which had had to be recorded and edited within days, with no time to fix glitches) had left even more fiercely creative material on the cutting-room floor. With this expanded 20th anniversary edition, the story turns out to be fascinatingly different. Six new tracks, their minor mistakes rectified, now open the album, with the original tunes filling out the second half.

If the old disc sounded like Coleman's music with Metheny guesting, the guitarist's breezy accessibility plays a bigger role in this one. Metheny sounds as if he had been listening to Sonny Rollins on Police People. The calypso-driven The Good Life retains that vibe and adds some Metheny electronic samples, while Word From Bird is headlong unison bebop, stinging wonderful solos from both leaders. The Veil is a lovely Ornette melody of swooning, falling lines suddenly rushing to resolutions, shot through with plenty of blues.

You may think the later studio-tech additions sully the purity of the "previously unreleased tracks" concept, but the group sounds like such a coherent unit (with Charlie Haden on bass and Denardo Coleman and Jack DeJohnette on drums) that it's only the faintest of distractions. And Metheny's raunchy R&B guitar comping behind Coleman's abrasive free-violin diversions on Mob Job is worth the price of the disc on its own.

Review by John Fordham, The Guardian

Released in 1985, Song X was Pat Metheny's first recording for the Geffen label. After a prosperous career with ECM, Metheny realized a lifelong dream by collaborating with Ornette Coleman. (He had previously collaborated with both bassist Charlie Haden (an Ornette alumnus), and drummer Jack DeJohnette. A second drummer, Denardo Coleman, was added for this session and adds immeasurably to the rhythmic complexity of the music here.) Coleman had been a major influence on Metheny's ideas about melody and harmony, as well as space. Song X was the first of a number of deviations from the guitarist and composer's trademark sound and direction. The pairing of the two was jagged and startling when it was first issued. The recording sent his traditional fans reeling and wondering if he'd gone off his rocker. The resulting tour sent them streaming out of auditoriums in droves. As Metheny explains in his liner notes, the CD medium at the time was limited to about 48 minutes, and the choices for the final package were made according to those limitations. Twenty years later, CDs held 80 minutes of music, and Metheny not only remastered and remixed the entire disc, he also tacked on six tracks from the original sessions to the beginning of the disc, making the Twentieth Anniversary Edition an almost entirely different offering that becomes revelatory in its new context. The additional cuts were all written by Coleman. His "Police People" opens the set. Haden's bass figure introduces a lovely, celebratory, dual front-line melody which is at once both knotty and euphoric. Metheny takes the first solo, which follows his own lyrical path and makes his sound edgier and his phrasing more complex with more notes in the frame. Coleman immediately follows him, and turns the dialogue toward R&B. Metheny takes the cue and, in a breathtaking gesture, strolls it out on the ledge for him. "The Good Life" takes post-bop and Caribbean-kissed melody and winds them together as Coleman and Metheny engage in gorgeous counterpoint. Denardo's playing angles DeJohnette's and pushes the soloists. "Word from Bird" adeptly showcases the band strutting through tough mutant bop changes based in the blues and offers up another helping of the kind of depth and dimension this band was capable of reaching; the choices on Metheny's original release of Song X didn't reflect his views at all. "Compute" is more complex, denser, and yet utterly full of gorgeous interplay and driven engagement. "The Veil" is almost like a film noir serial piece, all nocturnal and smoky until it gets to the soloing, where contrapuntal exchange becomes the M.O. And then, the original record known as Song X begins – its sound altered somewhat dramatically, its intensity more focused and fervent, and its edges exposed. After the new prelude, the session comes into full view, the attack and agenda become clearer, more focused, more driven to explore not only boundaries but also the insides of harmonic interplay and rhythmic invention. Due to Haden's canny sense of time, both drummers are free to explore and explode in the compositional frame; they go head to head, and dovetail one another in response to the front-line soloing. In sum, this is an entirely new album, one that not only warrants its reissue but also demands an entirely new assessment as to the striking success of this collaboration, and of its own place in the jazz canon.

Review by Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary, Expanded Remastered Edition 2005 [Re-Up]



Pat Metheny – guitar, guitar synthesizer, liner notes
Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone, violin
Charlie Haden – double bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Denardo Coleman – drums, percussion

Recorded December 13-14, 1985, at the Power Station, New York, NY
Remixed 2005
Remastered 2005 at Sterling Sound

Tracklist:

01. Police People (4:58)
02. All Of Us (0:15)
03. The Good Life (3:25)
04. Word From Bird (3:48)
05. Compute (2:03)
06. The Veil (3:42)
07. Song X (5:35)
08. Mob Job (4:12)
09. Endangered Species (13:19)
10. Video Games (5:21)
11. Kathelin Gray (4:13)
12. Trigonometry (5:06)
13. Song X Duo (3:08)
14. Long Time No See (7:38)


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Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary, Expanded Remastered Edition 2005 [Re-Up]

Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (1986) Twentieth Anniversary, Expanded Remastered Edition 2005 [Re-Up]

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