Guitarist Pat Metheny and the Heath Brothers playing together? At first glance it might seem a bit illogical, but Metheny has always been a flexible player, able to play a variety of different styles. At a concert in France on January 28, 1983, he sat in with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath on a few basic (and often blues-oriented) originals ("Sassy Samba," "Arthurdoe," and the blues "Moove to the Groove"), plus "All the Things You Are." Metheny, doubling on guitar synthesizer (which dominates "Sassy Samba"), sounds quite happy performing with the swinging Heaths and the combination works quite well. In addition, Metheny has an unaccompanied and mostly melodic "Guitar Improvisation." This CD concludes with two selections from a completely unrelated concert from Seattle in 1988. Trombonist Julian Priester is prominent in a group also including altoist Denny Goodhew, guitarist Robben Ford, Ralph Towner (normally a guitarist) on synthesizer, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Jerry Granelli, and an unidentified wordless vocalist on one number. The music is atmospheric and the unusual group somehow blends together, particularly on the blues "I Could See Forever." Worth searching for.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow