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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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Have loved Pat Metheny from the beginning. Am sharing his music, and other jazz, with my 6 year old grandson, hoping he will become a jazz lover too. So far, so good.
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With a guitar in his hands, Pat Metheny can do no wrong.
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Love The Falcon and The Snowman Music Soundtrack by Pat Metheny Group & David Bowie WOW
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Gifted genius I've enjoyed for over 4 decades
As Witchita Falls being one of my favorites .
I have raised 2 beautiful musicians & I owe you
A debt of gratitude for the diversity your
Music brought , & appealed to their listening ears ! You rock Pat ������������
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Been listening to Pat since my Air Force days he has never disappointed !
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I've been loving his music every since I was 17. I'm 53 today
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So glad that I get a chance to listen to Pat Metheny on Pandora.
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You have to listen to the Unity Band, or collaboratio n s with Mehldau to get that he is indeed still creating, still evolving. A rare talent who is both a virtuoso musician and composer
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Since the mid-seventie s , when I was just a girl of 12, and my Dad, a jazz lover for life, bought his first Pat Metheny album . . . Well, all one can say is "thank you, thank you most humbly for the all of pure joy you have so elegantly delivered into this word, Pat! You are a genius, and certainly with a gorgeous soul, for you, and yes, your many music mates, always deliver, and in each track, a trip ever higher!! You must be God
sent . . ."
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Listen and Learn Melodies.
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Such a genius with compositions that resonate with the soul. Pat Metheny is to music what Steve Jobs was to technology.
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clongs.bhapl l c
His music and distinct sound has always proven therapeutic for me!
What happened to Mark Ledford?
Clongs MD
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I was living in New York when I was first introduced Pat Metheny music love it.
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cobban.barne t t
The punch at 7:07 is just breathtaking . . .
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meglady1
just not the same anymore, too predictable, he seems stuck, on himself, and on a predictable road. He really needs Lyle Mays!
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alicia.hutch i s o n 1 7
Love, Love Love Pat Metheny!!!
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Love Pat's music and everyone he teams up with.
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when will he team with Lyle Mays again?
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Reminds me of making out at Freedom Park with Carolina... Thank you.
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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!
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My man
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Master guitarist & his landscape of sound! Simply wonder & beauty brother. ; )
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MAS ALLA (BEYOND)! More & more landscapes of wonderful sounds of music! ; )
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The marvelously talented & one of the greatest guitarist in the world,the one & only Pat Metheny! ; )
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Marvelous live version of this exceptional album & incredibly executed! ; )
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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 .
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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.
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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! ; )
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Seen him with the group a couple of times. I wish they would tour again!!!! Perfection
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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!
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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
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puce95195
Like my good friend said...Liste n to Metheny and it will change your life. God sent!
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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
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Best-seller
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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!
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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!
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I hope he knows that people are reminded how blessed they are when listening to his music.
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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 .
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My Favorite Artist...Rem a r k a b l e ! ! ! ! !
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What a gift he has
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since I'm most of the time in the 7th circle , please Pat get down!
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The man can play !!! We all love hIs sound !!! His music is definitely for love & travel :) x
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ct.783
The Smoothest music in the business
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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!
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mr.stansbe
True PM believers will someday bring peace and solace to the world.
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drumtavo
Life would have been different for me in somehow if I didn't have PM's music. Thank you very much Pat !
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Please go back into the studio with the Group! Need a fresh PMG tour in a bad way!!!
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PM at work makes the day just a little less hard to endure!
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PM IN THE PM. WHAT A WAY TO END A HARD DAY. (JUST ADD A FEW FORTERS).
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