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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 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.

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. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kin (<-->)

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

1. Mastema

2. Albim

3. Tharsis

6. Hurmiz

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Track List: The Orchestrion Project

Disc 1

1. Improvisation 1

2. Antonia

4. Expansion

6. 80/81-Broadway Blues

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

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: :rarum IX - Selected Recordings

1. Bright Size Life

3. New Chautauqua

7. Are You Going With Me?

8. The First Circle

9. Lonely Woman

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Track List: One Quiet Night

1. One Quiet Night (Solo Version)

2. Song For The Boys (Solo Version)

3. Don't Know Why (Solo Version)

4. Another Chance (Solo Version)

5. Time Goes On (Solo Version)

6. My Song (Solo Version)

7. Peace Memory (Solo Version)

8. Ferry Cross The Mersey (Solo Version)

9. Over On 4th Street (Solo Version)

10. I Will Find The Way (Solo Version)

12. Last Train Home (Solo Version)

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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
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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: New Chautauqua

1. New Chautauqua

2. Country Poem

4. Hermitage

5. Sueno Con Mexico

6. Daybreak

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Track List: 80/81

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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

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Track List: Watercolors

1. Watercolors

2. Icefire

3. Oasis

4. Lakes

5. River Quay

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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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I knew in 1977 this guy was gonna be big, but we never knew just how gargantuan he would become. In a league of his own, nobody will ever come close to this amazing genius' output. His bio says it all!
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One of my best friends turned me onto his music. Big time Pat Metheny fan!
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Perfect on a warm summer night......
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Pat is always fresh playing whatever he wants. Love his sound.
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dug dat
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beautiful sound
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So far as I know, Metheny never fails.
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Phase Dance..anoth e r modern jazz classic
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Last Train Home...moder n jazz classic.
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This dude grew up in the town right next to where I grew up, Lee's Summit, Mo. a suburb of Kansas City.
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Such incredible style, such beautiful music!
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The thing about pat methany is even in my very worse mood his music instantly makes me smile,love be appreciative of life God living
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one of the best dynamite.
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Metheny's music is so peaceful that I could grow old to it.
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Just about every jazz guitarist today would cite Metheny among his or her top influences.
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Metheny has many imitators, but never fails to rise above the competition.
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..sound all to his own...for sure.....uni q u e . . .
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Saw Pat first at PennState around 1978 with the Pat Metheny Group... Huge fan ever since. He almost lost me with the wacky one man show (La Disney Hall). He even stated "you orbs juveniles if I've lost my mjnd"! Yes, we did wonder... But I guess that's genius
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STILL DIGGING PAT !!!!
Happy birthday to me :-) x
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lucas_fontou r a
Decided to buy some new music, in the time of LP, late 70's, I simply entered a music store in the very south of Brazil, selected his American Garage album because of the interesting cover, not having any idea who he was, to listen inside a booth, just by myself, skipping school...lov e at first tune!
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’79 - smallish theatre bar in Atlanta waiting for the show to start. Stage hand comes out, skinny, longhaired dude in a sweatshirt, adjusts the drums, Lyle’s keyboards, tunes Pat’s guitar-nobod y notices. Quietly he starts playing the guitar, house quiets down -opening act? Guy's all over the guitar and the audience is WTF? Then - it’s Pat! One by one the band comes out and joins in - a little symphony. Still my all-time favorite jazz artist. Never thought I’d believe in magical aliens.
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One of his first, New Chatagua I instantly became a fan. Saw the group in Lincoln NE, totally awesome.
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My father actually studied with Lyle, I didn't know he lived so close to me...aaahhh the midwest is the best.
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