Letter from Home (album)

Letter from Home is the sixth studio album by the Pat Metheny Group. It was released in 1989 by Geffen Records. In 1990, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. It was certified gold by the RIAA on July 23, 1998.[2]

Letter from Home
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Studio album by
Released1989 (1989)
RecordedSpring 1989
StudioThe Power Station, New York City
GenreJazz fusion, Latin jazz, crossover jazz
ProducerPat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Still Life (Talking)
Letter from Home
Question and Answer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The album marked the return of Pedro Aznar, who became a member of the Group on the album First Circle. It also featured a reemphasis on increased instrumental diversity and was a huge commercial success, comfortably making the Top 200 album chart at Billboard magazine. "Slip Away" was, as Metheny put it, "extraordinarily successful, one of the most successful individual tunes that we've ever made." He said that it contains an ideal melodic durability.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

Side one:
1."Have You Heard" 6:25
2."Every Summer Night" 7:13
3."Better Days Ahead" 3:02
4."Spring Ain't Here" 6:55
5."45/8" 0:56
6."5-5-7"Metheny, Mays7:54
Side two:
1."Beat 70"Metheny, Mays4:53
2."Dream of the Return"Spanish lyrics by Pedro Aznar5:25
3."Are We There Yet"Mays7:55
4."Vidala"Pedro Aznar3:04
5."Slip Away" 5:24
6."Letter from Home" 2:33




Year Chart Position
1989 Billboard Jazz Albums 1
1989 Billboard Black Albums 43
1989 Billboard Pop Albums 50


Grammy Awards

Year Category
1989 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex (2011). "Letter from Home - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 19 May 2017.