First Circle is a Grammy Award winning album by Pat Metheny Group released in 1984. On the album Pat Metheny is joined by Lyle Mays on piano and keyboards, Steve Rodby on bass, drummer Paul Wertico and vocalist and percussionist Pedro Aznar. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1985.
Pat Metheny has remarked that this is an important album in the Group’s history for a number of reasons, among them being that the Group’s core lineup on the album remained unchanged for over 15 years and it was the final Group album released on the ECM record label. While Metheny has expressed that he has no negativity toward ECM, he has stated that their recording policy was very stringent:
«You recorded for two days, you mixed for a day, that was your record. For better or for worse, whether you liked it or not, that was your record.»