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Pat Metheny

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 own 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 entirely comprised 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.

In January of 2015, Metheny was part of a tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2007 and has not performed since. The evening featured works written and inspired by the bassist, played by various groupings of musicians and the SWR Big Band. Co-billed to the guitarist, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and vibraphonist Gary Burton, it was released on ECM as Hommage a Eberhard Weber in September. Metheny then delivered the live album Unity Sessions and paired with trumpeter Cuong Vu for 2016's Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kin (<-->)

1. On Day One

2. Rise Up

3. Adagia

4. Sign Of The Season

5. Kin (<-->)

6. Born

7. Genealogy

8. We Go On

9. Kqu

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Track List: Tap: John Zorn's Book Of Angels, Vol. 20

1. Mastema

2. Albim

3. Tharsis

4. Sariel

5. Phanuel

6. Hurmiz

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Track List: Tap: The Book Of Angels, Vol. 20

1. Mastema

2. Albim

3. Tharsis

4. Sariel

5. Phanuel

6. Hurmiz

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Track List: The Orchestrion Project

Disc 1

1. Improvisation 1

2. Antonia

3. Entry Point

4. Expansion

5. Improvisation 2

6. 80/81-Broadway Blues

7. Orchestration

Disc 2

1. Soul Search

2. Spirit Of The Air

3. Stranger In Town

4. Sueno Con Mexico

5. Tell Her You Saw Me

6. Unity Village

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Track List: Unity Band

1. New Year

2. Roofdogs

3. Come And See

4. This Belongs To You

5. Leaving Town

6. Interval Waltz

7. Signals (Orchestrion Sketch)

8. Then And Now

9. Breakdealer

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Track List: What's It All About

1. The Sound Of Silence

2. Cherish

3. Alfie

4. Pipeline

5. Garota De Ipanema

6. Rainy Days And Mondays

7. Thats The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be

8. Slow Hot Wind

9. Betcha By Golly, Wow

10. And I Love Her

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Track List: Orchestrion

3. Expansion

4. Soul Search

5. Spirit Of The Air

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Track List: Tokyo Day Trip Live Ep

1. Tromsb (Live)

2. Traveling Fast (Live)

3. Inora (Live)

4. Back Arm & Blackcharge (Live)

5. The Night Becomes You (Live)

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Track List: :rarum IX - Selected Recordings

1. Bright Size Life

2. Phase Dance

3. New Chautauqua

4. Airstream

5. Every Day (I Thank You)

6. It's For You

7. Are You Going With Me?

8. The First Circle

9. Lonely Woman

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Track List: We Live Here

1. Here To Stay

2. And Then I Knew

3. The Girls Next Door

4. To The End Of The World

5. We Live Here

6. Episode D'azur

7. Something To Remind You

8. Red Sky

9. Stranger In Town

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Track List: The Road To You

1. Have You Heard (Live)

2. First Circle (Live)

3. The Road To You (Live)

4. Half Life Of Absolution (Live)

5. Last Train Home (LIve)

6. Better Days Ahead (Live)

7. Naked Moon (LIve)

8. Beat 70 (LIve)

9. Letter From Home (Live)

10. Third Wind (Live)

11. Solo From "More Travels" (LIve)

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Track List: Letter From Home

1. Have You Heard

2. Every Summer Night

3. Better Days Ahead

4. Spring Ain't Here

5. 45-8

6. 5-5-7

7. Beat 70

8. Dream Of The Return

9. Are We There Yet

10. Vidala

11. Slip Away

12. Letter From Home

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Track List: First Circle

1. Forward March

2. Yolanda, You Learn

3. The First Circle

4. If I Could

5. Tell It All

6. End Of The Game

7. Mas Alla (Beyond)

8. Praise

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Track List: Travels (Live)

Disc 1

1. Are You Going With Me? (Live)

2. The Fields, The Sky (Live)

3. Goodbye (Live)

4. Phase Dance (Live)

5. Straight On Red (Live)

6. Farmer's Trust (Live)

Disc 2

1. Extradition (Live)

2. Goin' Ahead / As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Live)

3. Travels (Live)

4. Song For Bilbao (Live)

5. San Lorenzo (Live)

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Track List: Offramp

1. Barcarole

2. Are You Going With Me?

3. Au Lait

4. Eighteen

5. Offramp

6. James

7. The Bat Part II

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Track List: American Garage

1. (Cross The) Heartland

2. Airstream

3. The Search

4. American Garage

5. The Epic

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Track List: New Chautauqua

1. New Chautauqua

2. Country Poem

3. Long Ago Child / Fallen Star

4. Hermitage

5. Sueno Con Mexico

6. Daybreak

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Track List: 80/81

Disc 1

1. Two Folk Songs (live)

2. 80/81 (live)

3. The Bat

4. Turnaround (live)

Disc 2

1. Open

2. Pretty Scattered

3. Every Day (I Thank You)

4. Goin' Ahead

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Track List: American Garage

1. (Cross The) Heartland

2. Airstream

3. The Search

4. American Garage

5. The Epic

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Track List: Bright Size Life

1. Bright Size Life

2. Sirabhorn

3. Unity Village

4. Missouri Uncompromised

5. Midwestern Nights Dream

6. Unquity Road

7. Omaha Celebration

8. Round Trip / Broadway Blues

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Track List: Pat Metheny Group

1. San Lorenzo

2. Phase Dance

3. Jaco

4. April Wind

5. April Joy

6. Lone Jack

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Track List: Secret Story

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Track List: Watercolors

1. Watercolors

2. Icefire

3. Oasis

4. Lakes

5. River Quay

6. Florida Greeting Song

7. Legend Of The Fountain

8. Sea Song

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When I hear Here to Stay I think April 19, 1995 at 9:02am. I was grooving going to work in OKC. Accerlating onto the freeway jammin to his solo when the car shook, the tape became garbled (yes I'm dating myself) and took a few seconds to play normally. Of course that was the exact moment of the OKC Bombing. That blast permanently ruined the tape. I still played it with the garble everyday for years. Pat Metheny is an of artists that can play whatever style he wants; I will always be a fan.
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Saw him and Ron Carter this spring in my home town of Newton. Had the audience in the palms of their hands. Pure pleasure.
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Wasn't he also part of Joni Mitchel's Miles of Isles for several of his earlier years??
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John hess from l.a. is hooked on p.m. surfs up all the way.
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bethanybona TMI
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Already got my ticket for Atlanta '17!
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My husband and I love Pat Metheny. It's our baby making Music♥️
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I just love this group. Have seen them twice in Santa Fe. I just love the piano of Lyle Mays. The guitar of Pat. Such a great combo. I wish they still played together.
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Listening to Letter From Home. Something about this arrangement that takes me back to a peaceful place in my mind. I find it very soothing. Metheny is so versatile in bringing art to his music.
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scott_ries
I saw him with his original group in 1980 while at FSU- great show, and it made me realize that my own guitar would be more useful as firewood. His band (particularl y Mays and he) seemed like there was nothing they would rather be doing than playing for us.
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hurtelectric
The Pat Matheny Group is one the best concerts that I've seen! Hands down.
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Of all the acolauds, it was not mentioned that Metheny, Mays, And David Bowie scored the soundtrack to the movie Falcon and The Snowman. Still one of my favorite movies.
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1st Saw Pat&Lyle @" The Mayor's House" in Dallas(1976) for an incredible 5$ ! Their
Love radiated thru us;Every time We heard he was gonna be there,we got down there as quick as we could to experience them
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felmachris
My favorite all time jazz/fusion guitarist of all time. Love his work as Pat Metheny group and Lyle Mays.
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itsallgood
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Why does Pandora overuse these - One of the most- In many ways - at the beginning of nearly each artist description?
Such as in the case of Pat Metheny’s introduction where he is claimed to be - One of the most original
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Why does Pandora overuse these - One of the mostor In many ways - at the beginning of nearly each artist description?
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There's no mistaking Pat's sound. You know him when you hear him and you love him. He's a keeper.
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ebouler3
Luv dis song, really sets da tone 4 a relaxed evening. O yeah...... Get ur sicciors ready cuz 2nite da Tarheels gonna cut down da nets!! Go heels!!
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I like what I am hearing!
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First circle a masterpiece
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afti7
Yeah what Bob said lol.
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The band plays with so much love and joy that inspires me to be...the beauty of the sounds transcend all negative energy my Brain and body gets nurtured energized wants to be in nature all my senses are ehanced and my emotional intelligence transforms thanks Pat and Lyle for your keys to my bliss of freedom
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Talent!!!
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melnstev1997 3
I own about 500 classic rock cd's and about 500 jazz cd's and about 200 classical cd's. Pat Metheny is my most favorite artist. His best song ever, by far, is San Lorenzo which also has Lyle Mays playing piano. The song is extented lenghth. I've played this tune more than 1,000 times in the past 35 years--every time it is played it is uterly peaceful and refreshing. It is the greatest tune ever composed. This tune literally could be enjoyed forevery
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A wonderfully talented musician & absolutely one of my personal favorite guitarists, the one & only Pat Metheny & his marvelous landscapes of sound!
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"Still can't get over how well his music puts my mind,right on track." "Absolutely brilliant!"
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Compared to whom..A #1...Incredi b l e every song!!!!!
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One of a kind...
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I fell in love with, It'just talk" on vacation in Curacao. Nothings changed, still in love.
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elkatehar
Discovered this great artist when he scored the movie Falcon and the Snowman with Sean Penn. I own everything he had ever produced. Many on vinyl.
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Lyle mays is a genius on san Lorenzo masterfully tickling the ivories
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Forty five years on
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mjameswest
Pat's band played in a small club in downtown san francisco back in the late 1970s. I worked for a guy who owned just about every release on ECM records...an d thats how I was intruduced to Pat's music
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"Have You Heard, Have You Heard?. If not you truly don't know what your missing. I can't believe I haven't heard this song in so long. TRULY A DREAM!.
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Just something about the way his music makes me feel. Tears of joy, and relief.
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amgross3
Pat Metheny is a great artist. His sound is so unique.
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Pandora: I'm loven it.
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Please come back to Cincinnati soon! You are missed!
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Please tour with the group Pat! Please!
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Been a fan since the 80s... soothing mood for the early 21st Century. Helps me think.
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The Ultimate Undisputed Best Artist that I have ever listened to. Since I first heard him in1984.
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Grew up with this band too....You Guys Rule! Looking forward to catching another show someday. Love this album for the mellow grooves!
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April Joy..I haven't looked back since.
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Hard to believe Pat does not care so much for this album. It was the first album I heard of Pat's and will always be special.
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Absolutely beautiful music. First artist I've experienced with music so beautiful that I've shed joyful tears listening to. He is my number 1 favorite artist for the last 30 years of my life. His concert is a musical experience that is so wonderful you will never forget it.
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for the soul....the experience of life....I love this.
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jbryanclark5 5
The best, as far as I am concerned, seen him several times in concert fantastic!
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If u listening. Know j budd. Is. Listening
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My word best music. That ever happen too my. Life
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