visión de conjunto:Críticas This book offers a richly textured view of Methenys early recordings. Named as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2018 he has attained something of the status of an elder statesman of jazz. As with for example Herbie Hancocks recordings during this time Methenys ECM output ranged between pop-influenced music and more straight-ahead jazz contexts with all of it reflecting a high degree of improvisational prowess and integrity. Giving the recordings the serious scholarly attention they deserve Cooke presents the story lucidly with a balance of technical and general information likely to appeal to a wide readership. (Keith Waters Music and Letters)I've now read Cooke's account twice always with the music to hand and it's revelatory. Jazz studies of this quality are still rare but quite a few of them are in the same Oxford series which ought to be on every collectors' shelf. (Brian Morton Jazz Journal)The fact that Cooke only illuminates Pat Metheny's ECM years and thus captures only a quarter of the work that has since been released (44 albums) is by no means a disadvantage. Often he looks beyond the horizon to the years 1985 and following; and draws connecting lines from there to the investigation period ... The result is a massive accumulation of original compositions to which he can relate to without even the slightest hint of stylistic disagreement. (JazzCity)The meat of the book [...] is found in Cooke's scrupulously detailed musical analysis. Illustrating his descriptions with copious music examples he surveys Metheny's decade at ECM album by album concentrating on the leader himself. (Chris Parker London Jazz News) Reseña del editor The guitarist and composer Pat Metheny ranks among the most popular and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In Pat Metheny: The ECM Years 1975-1984 Mervyn Cooke offers the first in-depth account of Metheny's early creative period during which he recorded eleven stunningly varied albums for the pioneering European record label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music). This impressive body of recordings encompasses both straight-ahead jazz playing with virtuosic small ensembles and the increasingly complex textures and structures of the Pat Metheny Group a hugely successful band also notable for its creative exploration of advanced music technologies which were state-of-the-art at the time. Metheny's music in all its shapes and forms broke major new ground in its refusal to subscribe to either of the stylistic poles of bebop and jazz-rock fusion which prevailed in the late 1970s. Through a series of detailed analyses based on a substantial body of new transcriptions from the recordings this study reveals the close interrelationship of improvisation and pre-composition which lies at the very heart of the music. Furthermore these analyses vividly demonstrate how Metheny's music is often conditioned by a strongly linear narrative model: both its story-telling characteristics and atmospheric suggestiveness have sometimes been compared to those of film music a genre in which the guitarist also became active during this early period. The melodic memorability for which Metheny's compositions and improvisations have long been world-renowned is shown to be just one important element in an unusually rich and flexible musical language that embraces influences as diverse as bebop free jazz rock pop country & western Brazilian music classical music minimalism and the avant-garde. These elements are melded into a uniquely distinctive soundworld which above all directly reflects Metheny's passionate belief in the need to refashion jazz in ways which can allow it to speak powerfully to each new generation of youthful listeners. Biografía del autor Mervyn Cooke is Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham United Kingdom where he teaches courses in twentieth-century music jazz film music and composition. An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music and King's College Cambridge he is the author and editor of numerous and widely translated books on jazz film music and the life and works of Benjamin Britten.