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Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden

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
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one of this world's greatest recordings!
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Like it!
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bhwolfson
This is as good as it gets for me
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spxguru
So relaxing awsome!
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Tuve el gran privilegio de verlo en concierto hace 3 años en la ciudad de Worcester, MA y quede fascinado
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Pat Metheny es increible.
Oyendo su musica es que voy dormir todas las noches porque su musica me relaja despues de un dia duro de trabajo.
Asi de increible es para mi este artista
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Y la cancion Spiritual es una de las bellas que he escuchado en mi vida asi como It this America tambien
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Metheny is best
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Pat Metheny! Is one of my favorite jazz artist !! His music relaxes me !!! I sure wish He and his group could come to San Antonio, Tx
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Great station so smooth and mellow!
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one of my favorite albums i discovered growing up.
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different stuff..when I was looking for different,I found PAT...
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Acoustic music at it's
best!
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What a beautiful session, "Beyond the Missouri Sky". Just wonderfully relaxing and very moving.
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e.robert76
If heaven is anything like listening to PM all day I sure hope I make it there.
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The best . Simple the best progressive jazz.
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Grew up in a small town in Missouri. This album conveys a quiet and dignified and exciting tone that fits that unique setting. The music says alot in a non showy way
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hi im mark...i did play,but i was shot in my left temple 29 years ago.since i can only use my right arm and leg.so i play the piano awesome.than k u paul hanson u r a a**...
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pat puts his MASTERSHIP,o n anything he plays. THAT. GOOD.¥£€*%#_ \ | ~ > < > < * % # * ^ } { > <
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Discovered this album thanks to Bass Player Magazine, when they named it one of the 30 most essential (amongst a very eclectic list) bass albums.
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Like many PM tunes, eg. Letter From Home, this one nearly moves me to tears...Love Pat Metheny
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joanf8
My massage therapist plays this cd during our session. It is so soothing...
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This is a beautiful record worth listening to from beginning to end, and then again.
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Pandora is the best ever. I have tried the others. You won't like them either.
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gericaross
I sure have enjoyed listening to pandora this evening! it made my night especially the smootth artist I will have to do this more often it made my soul happy! So, Im off to bed listening to oldies but goodies. Peace out
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Honestly, some of the most beautiful music ever made......sp e c i f i c a l l y The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Message to a Friend. Metheny keeps his more eccentric playing in check, just beautiful melodies and remarkable songwriting for the most part.
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jdgreen1955
Passing the Cacades and entering Seattle when I first heard The Pat Metheny Group on a local station. What a wonderful welcoming into a new city.
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mabeedle9
I like Pat Metheny very much. I don't like jas that gets TOOOOOOO irritating.. . S m o o t h I ike
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mark8970
Weird, I thought I'd seen nearly every Metheny album but I don't remember this one, maybe it was under Haden.
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schultzdigit a l
love this album...very melodic and i love where all the songs go...

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