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Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau

One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original, stretching the boundaries of jazz and making Metheny famous enough that he could perform whatever type of music he wanted without losing his audience.

Metheny (whose older brother is the trumpeter Mike Metheny) started on guitar when he was 13. His talent developed quickly; he taught at both the University of Miami and Berklee while he was a teenager, and made his recording debut with Paul Bley and Jaco Pastorius in 1974. He spent an important period (1974-1977) with Gary Burton's group, met keyboardist Lyle Mays, and in 1978 formed his group, which originally featured Mays, bassist Mark Egan, and drummer Dan Gottlieb. Within a short period he was ECM's top artist and one of the most popular of all jazzmen, selling out stadiums. Metheny mostly avoided playing predictable music, and his freelance projects were always quite interesting. His 1980 album 80/81 featured Dewey Redman and Mike Brecker in a post-bop quintet; he teamed up with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins on a trio date in 1983; and two years later recorded the very outside Song X with Ornette Coleman. Metheny's other projects away from the group have included a sideman recording with Sonny Rollins; a 1990 tour with Herbie Hancock in a quartet; a trio album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes, and a collaboration (and tour) with Joshua Redman.

Although his 1994 recording Zero Tolerance for Silence baffled his audience, Metheny retained his popularity as a consistently creative performer. In addition to recording for ECM, he has appeared as a leader on the Geffen, Warner Bros., and Nonesuch labels. Metheny has remained active in the 21st century, releasing Speaking of Now in 2002, the acoustic solo album One Quiet Night in 2003, Way Up in 2005, and Metheny Mehldau in 2006. Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau returned to the studio the following year for Quartet. Metheny released the trio album Day Trip in 2008. Orchestrion, which featured a solo Metheny playing several acoustic instruments designed and built for him by Eric Singer, appeared from Nonesuch early in 2010. Metheny released What's It All About in June of 2011, his second solo acoustic guitar recording. Unlike any other entry in his large catalog, the set was comprised entirely of covers of pop songs by contemporary songwriters (from Paul Simon and Lennon and McCartney to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt Bacharach, and Hal David) who have continued to hold meaning for him throughout his career.

Metheny released Unity Band with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben Williams in June of 2012. In August the promised live The Orchestrion Project was released; it was a CD and DVD document of the one-man tour with the symphonic machine in 2010-2011. The guitarist made a compelling and independent left turn in the spring of 2013 in performing the work of composer John Zorn on Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20 on the Tzadik (owned by the composer) and Nonesuch labels simultaneously. Metheny's Unity Group continued to tour, and in 2013 reentered the studio. Kin, their second offering, was released in February of 2014. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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One thing I like about Metheny is that each album presents the listener with so much great listening time. So much good music goes into every every album, and by now he has a lot of them.
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butlerta51
Been a fan since 78....seen several live performances . . . . a l w a y s leaving me in awe! What a talent and innovator to the world of music!
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Make Peace, so beautiful!
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Seeing PM in concert was a highlight of my life...This collaboratio n is phenomenal.
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codius66
I've been a fan of Pat's for over 20 years, but saw him for the first time in concert for my birthday in Houston in Feb of '14. I sat in the front row and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing at just how moving his music is. It truly paints pictures in my head using colors that are just too sharp for words... If you haven't seen him live, you gotta do it!
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samglaser2
I was 16 when I saw PMG at Lincoln Center with Jaco opening the show. I'm an addicted fan, all the way thru Kin. Pat can do no wrong. In all incarnations he has been with me anytime I need to totally disappear in the music. As a keyboardist myself I must say I miss Lyle in a big way. Looking forward to LA's Greek Theater next month!
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Been a Pat fan since, as falls wichita . Saw him preform it in a small venue. I was hooked. to date I've seen him some 20 times now . Sometimes in the late 80s early 90s PMG would come through twice and we saw both shows. Those were great days. while I suppose all good things must end , I was both greatly sad and happy with the ending of the PMG since they went out on 2 unbelievable sets , SPEAKING OF NOW and THE WAY UP. If it had to end they went out on a level most groups don't know exists .
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Pat is right behind Wes.
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gunvordahl
saw him 3 times from 88-90. it was my favorite music at the time. I was 18-19 years old, drummer, acid freak , and obsessed with PMG, so when i walked up the ramp at the amphitheater and they were doing Barcarole I pretty much could not believe my ears. The best shows to see. And I am getting tickets today to see him at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank NJ for his upcoming visit to the Garden State.
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Audience left of center has been Pat's position of choice in recent years, from what I've experienced. Antonio off Pat's port side. Front row either way, can't go wrong.
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Whatever you do, if Pat Metheny is playing a venue near you, rob Peter and Paul to buy front row seats. Stage left-audienc e right-of center is best; Pat plays left to have a bead on Antonio on drums. I have seen the trio and the PMG group this way in Pittsburgh, Prague, Tallahassee & Gainesville, FL, the Segerstrom in Orange County-all front row. All amazing. I have tix for the show in at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC February 2014-you guessed it- front row. Why miss a great show?
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If there was any one musician's music that could make your soul sail...Pat Metheny is that musician.
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PAT METHENY SAVED MY LIFE ONCE. NOT HIM PERSONALLY BUT HIS MUSIC. I LOVE ANY MUSIC ASSOCIATED WITH THE METHENY NAME.
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Really interested in seeing the PMG get back together sooner than later. I have enjoyed the last few cd's from Pat including the Orchestrion project. But there is no other group that speaks to my musicial soul like THE Group. The Way Up was a phenominal recording and Antonio Sanchez is as accomplished as any drummer I have ever heard.
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Dam music always gets me on a natural HIGH. VERY. COOL:::::::: : : : / / / / / F R A N K VOLPE,f.r.c. a.m.o.r.c. org. San Jose California.
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stanlynn6
Why no information on Brad Meldau? And how could Scott Yanow and Thom Jurek, Rovi leave Jack DeJohnette out of the list of jazz influences (especially on 80/81)?
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a wonderful musician
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I feel Pat is as fine a musician as anyone out there, he always exceeds expectations and his music gives me goosebumps & velvet tears. Ther are a few albums & tracks Idon' love, but that is rare. His music will be listened & respected like Bach, Chopin, etc, Tom. NM
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Pat is and will always be one of the most interesting musicians of our time.
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Pat has commented that as a teen he once was invited up to the stage at a Jazz club to play a set with some prominent jazz men ...after sneaking out of his parents house one night.!!..Th e Mozart of Jazz he is..!!
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gbouchzoo9
I too discovered Pat in '78 (As Wichita Falls, So Falls Wichita Falls) and have witnessed many, many shows. I can remember screaming and laughing uncontrollab l y when I first heard Zero Tolerance for Silence- you've just got to be ready to roll with it. The Truth Will Always be from Secret Story epitomizes the quest, the finding and the blossoming of my relationship with my wife. This musician and his colleagues have filled my life with pleasant vibrations for many moons.
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eugenecwalke r
eureka!
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Pat's music bridges generations and cultures. Great great music
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Who is the drummer on Ring of Life?
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thumbtwirls
I've seen him in concert 3 times now. Always awesome. Helped me get through my divorce back in 1977. Great therapy.
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deloev
First Intro to PMG Are you going with me from Offramp. I think I've owned every Album he's ever made in some form (Album, tape, CD) and I'm currently trying to get them ALL on CD. I've seen im in concert in Germany and Poland but never in the US. As a L.A. native I wish he would come to the West Coast more often. I love his music.
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dakabar
Shockingly, outrageously , gloriously good!!!
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jimmitrosky
From my first exposure to Pat (The Pat Metheny Group--1978) , through his experiments with the Synclavier, trio jazz, quartet tours, ensemble recordings, and solo self indulgence, I have never known a harder working dedicated artist. Thanks for 33 years of playing the soundtrack to my life
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adrianep12
Like Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Lennon/McCar t h y , Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays duo will go down in history as one of the most talented, prolific musical duo of our time!.
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Pat Metheny is one of my most favorite artists. I never tire of listening to his music. Especially his work with the Pat Metheny Group.
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sasiotero
excellent
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thre are no superlatives that can fully capture Pat's genuis! His live
Song for Balboa kills me everytime I hear it. Along with Benson the greatest guitarist in the world!
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Absolutely one of my all time favorites... H i s music provides "Therapy for the mind"
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toughvinyl
Hey Tim, that was my surgeon listening to Pat as he was beginning surgery on me. It was the last thing I heard before the anesthetic took effect and he cut on my wrist.
It was quite a treat, I knew I was in good hands.
Pat is always a step ahead and focused upon the the horizon, I think it's a midwest thing..
He's a true genius.
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LIVING LEGEND .
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wrenchman375
fantastic,li k e the surgeons who listen to music while on a patient Pat matheny is my music when working on cars
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Perhaps a bit too soft and gooie for me.
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Pat Metheny and Anna Marie Jopek did a disc called "Upojenie" that I think is hauntingly beautiful, and very interesting as Anna puts polish lyrics to many Metheny melodies. It's gorgeous!
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Beautiful music - No suprise comming from the melody man himself - the more I hear this new piano player-{brad mehldau} that he is playing with the more I like it- this might be the next cd that I buy.
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What about "American Garage"... Seminal cuts like "Cross the Heartland"? That's what got me hooked!
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wagnergitira n a
he is great isn't he??
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In your bio you forgot to mention Imaginary Day, which I believe won an grammy.
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I lucked up and discovered Pat Metheny during my college days and have been a devote fan since then! Would love to see him in the Balto.*D.C. area! What a genius we have here!
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fudge1030
MIND....BLOW I N G CAP TI VA TING TAKES THE MIND TO A BETTER SPACE
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I start lissen pat on 1985 my brother-in-l a w introduce to me this great music his pass away last year,& allways when i put pat remember me the memories i live with my brother-in-l a w . t h a k s for this great artist.
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now i know why i like brad mehldau so much. hes with kurt rosenwinkel
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malnar
I went to the Song X show at the American Theater in St. Louis in 1985. The Metheny Group with Ornette Coleman were incredibly tight. The experience was surreal leaving me with the sense that I had been touched by some supernatural force. Since then, I have yet experience anything similar.
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great artist! One of my favorites.
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percussion!! ! oh yeah

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