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Pat Metheny Group

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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Love Pat's music and everyone he teams up with.
when will he team with Lyle Mays again?
Reminds me of making out at Freedom Park with Carolina... Thank you.
MINUANO is CLASSIC METHENY !!
Best riding music that I know of !!!!
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Yes,IF I COULD,I would,but I'm still waiting!
My man
Master guitarist & his landscape of sound! Simply wonder & beauty brother. ; )
MAS ALLA (BEYOND)! More & more landscapes of wonderful sounds of music! ; )
The marvelously talented & one of the greatest guitarist in the world,the one & only Pat Metheny! ; )
Marvelous live version of this exceptional album & incredibly executed! ; )
Truly amazing , so dynamic , so unusual, I find myself listening to him alone , he takes you to a different place too hard to try explaining to anyone in your presence .WOW !!!!
Just Simply Beautiful to the ears .
bmorriswhite
Pat is a truly gifted musician, composer and all around genius. He is in the class w/ other such "Greats" as; Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and alike. They all have made the world a better place fore when needed and have taken my soul on journeys I still remember fondly.
THE WAY UP! This is a masterfully & beautifully composed album & watching the live DVD version of the concert is totally fascinating indeed. Pat you're simply one of a kind! ; )
Seen him with the group a couple of times. I wish they would tour again!!!! Perfection
My first Pat experience was Still Life Talking. I have been hooked ever since. I thought I was the only one who felt his music took me on a trip to a different place. I don't care what mood I'm in there is a Pat song for the occasion. I enjoy all of the trips he takes us on! He has been truly blessed with a special talent and I an glad he shares it with us!
lorobain3
It's no coincidence that many of those commenting use references to the spiritual and the soul, to dreams, to the place beyond words. Pat Metheny is a rare artist. Seemingly incorruptibl e , completely liberated ...and liberating. To me he evokes the sky within. His music gives my soul a soundtrack for soaring. To his fans there are no wrong turns with Pat. We follow his every side trip with joy - just thrilled to be allowed along for the ride. I hope he knows how much joy he brings to so many
puce95195
Like my good friend said...Liste n to Metheny and it will change your life. God sent!
I've been listening to him since I was young and he is a great artists and one of my favorite person to listen to it's amazing of the stuff he put out there
Best-seller
bpd_s31
Pat is a gift that I cherish like no other. His music touches my soul on a daily basis. Please do another PMG recording session soon. The world needs it!
dschalekamp
Once again, I was BLOWN AWAY seeing him in concert during a stop in my city on his Unity tour. He even made a believer out of my spouse! I'm so glad he has evolved back toward his Methany Group configuratio n that was so amazing in the 80s and 90s. Such spiritually moving music!
I hope he knows that people are reminded how blessed they are when listening to his music.
A talent that has no words-must see in person to value this man and his music. I was bless to see him in concert-Miam i .
My Favorite Artist...Rem a r k a b l e ! ! ! ! !
What a gift he has
since I'm most of the time in the 7th circle , please Pat get down!
The man can play !!! We all love hIs sound !!! His music is definitely for love & travel :) x
ct.783
The Smoothest music in the business
So incredible to see that the Group's music is so essentially important to so many folks. I find it comforting to know I'm not the only one who absolutely thinks this is the best music of our time!
mr.stansbe
True PM believers will someday bring peace and solace to the world.
drumtavo
Life would have been different for me in somehow if I didn't have PM's music. Thank you very much Pat !
Please go back into the studio with the Group! Need a fresh PMG tour in a bad way!!!
PM at work makes the day just a little less hard to endure!
PM IN THE PM. WHAT A WAY TO END A HARD DAY. (JUST ADD A FEW FORTERS).
Best at wary recordings€> < £ £ ¥ ~
HOW TO PLAY EVERTHING,EV E R RECORDED-KEE P I N G SAME STYLE --NOTNING STILL IS EVER THE SAME?MASTERS H I P £ £ £ £ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥
27snare66
I saw PM with Jack DeJohnette and Herbie Hancock at the Hatch Shell in Boston - late 1980's. What an amazing experience!! PM's music is eclectic and profound. We're lucky to have him!
When I play the drums to PMG often at times I cant hold back the tears!!! Its just that deep & heart felt!!! What a genius of a musician!!!
idocidoc
When PMG speaks to my musicality, I soar.
I am looking for the sound track to The Falcon and the Snowman. I thought Pat Metheny was the composer but I am having difficulty locating it. Can anyone help me out?
davidh4501
Pat never fails to inspire. My first PMG live show was 1978. I never miss an opportunity to see him live in what ever incarnation he happens to be in. He is the epitome of the term Musician!
That's a long radio single. Great album.
The very 1st time I heard PM play, was at the end of the 70's. It was at this very small jazz place in Hackensack,N J . I was thinking to myself, wow, this guy's good. The mood, the lighting, the atmosphere, was electric. Never, ever, forgot that night. His music was on the top of my list ever since.
I have followed PM ever since he pulled me by doing the sounddtrack to Falcon and the Snowman and that was mid 80's. Love h is very original and soul stirring sound.
davidfont
Pat Metheny's music blows my brains out. I've had the chance to see him in concert three times and I would see him live over and over again. Long live Pat, David from Puerto Rico
my favorite musician , when i leave this world i hope they play his music at my funeral
The is the best musician of my time. He is alway pushing himself and his bandmates to a different level. And once a musician has played with him they will never be the same again and assuredly, better.
Brilliantly put, Plums ~
plumsmait9
His music takes me to another place. I close my eyes and I just go to all the places I dream of. Truely one of the BEST EVER!
frank.lopez
Most of the timee I get Metheny, sometimes it's like listening to Martian Music
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