Originally released in 1983, Travels is the Pat Metheny Group's first live album recorded during several 1982 concerts. For this collection of jazz music, guitarist Metheny's group consists of Lyle Mays on keyboards, drummer Dan Gottlieb, bassist Steve Rodby, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion and vocals. Travels earned the 1983 Grammy for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.
Recorded less than a year after the magnificent Offramp,' Travels is proof that the PMG were on a creative high. Music was pouring from Metheny and Mays. Extraordinarily for a live album, over half the tracks were entirely new and have not been heard, before or since, on any studio album. Pat said in an interview soon after this albums release that he preferred this version of Are You Going With Me? to the Offramp original. Both have their merits. Both are brilliant.
Here are two delightfully simple tunes on this album Farmers Trust and Travels which are gorgeously executed duets by Metheny and Mays, with the rest of the band in the background. They are almost love poems, a high point in the musical understanding between Mays and Metheny. Its almost impossible for any artist to create two masterpieces in succession, but the PMG achieved this with Offramp and Travels.
"If you liked the popular Offramp, you'll fall for Travels, too..." -Richard S. Ginell, allmusic.com
180g Audiophile High Quality Pressing
Pat Metheny, guitar
Steve Rodby, bass
Lyle Mays, piano
Nana Vasconcelos, percussion
Dan Gottlieb, percussion
1. Are You Going With Me?
2. The Fields, The Sky
4. Phase Dance
5. Straight On Red
6. Farmer's Trust
8. Goin' Ahead
9. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
11. Song For Bilbao
12. San Lorenzo
Recorded July, October, and November 1982