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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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Selected Discography

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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: Minuano (Six Eight) (Radio Single)

1. Minuano (Six Eight)

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nylasimba6
The music leaves you speechless. The album Pat Metheny Group We live here is beyond excellent.
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bpalm931
Listening to Pat Metheny music takes me away to far away places especially the track - To the End of the World. It puts me in a different zone. Wow - Great!!!
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Such a Unique style, played so smoothly with Grace. Have Mercy!!
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walked into a Kansas City alley in 1975 in the River Quay and "Airstream" blew me away. FAA cross country flight check "Cross the Heartland" was playing under my headphones. He loves Missouri and no artist would ever connect like that again. Hope he remembers Fun House Pizza bandstand Lees Summit MO
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Mopping
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There's never any "similar artists" to Pat Methany on Pandora, because there's no music like his. :)
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A blessing from above unity
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Please tour with the Group one more time.
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My favorite guitarist . A man full of ideas . With or without Lyle Mays , he has no challenge . Long life to you Pat ...
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philippepelu s o
wonderful musician who will always amaze me .....
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I love Pat Metheny! And the piano of Lyle Mays........ . . . .
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Whenever I listen to Pat Metheny I am transported to the time and place when I first him. He is such a talented and generous artist.
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cjjsjr5656
Pat had just released Watercolors when I saw him playing with Lyle and Dan at a Beefsteak Charlie's on Central Avenue in Westchester, NY in the late 70's. With about 50 other people, amazed then and still loving his music, nearly 40 years later.
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ebouler3
How many tyms can pat get us n da zone??!! My man!! My sound!! My groove!! E.B. f>m Q.C!!!
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I feel FREE when listening to Pat and his style of music
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I would have to call Pat a National Treasure- a totally unique virtuoso who found and mastered his own style. His North Sea Festival First Circle with orchestra still thrills. Saw a concert with Lyle back in the 80s in Santa Barbara-stil l got the T shirt- 8 key boards that was music!
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Pat Metheny was always a core artist whenever I was on the air in Houston, where I hosted several shows in the 80's & early 90's. jazz by request & Houston After Dark Truly one of the great guitarists here in the USA.....trul y unable to categorize his music, which is what I love about it.
BWise.
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jbruder3650
Jbruder3650 seen pat 4 or 5 times nothing like pat live need a new pmg album keeps my mind working a little better a fan since 1980. Keeps me happy. Live forever please
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He is best truly enjoy his music
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Well what can say....Pat Metheny Group music never runs out of style. From relaxing rhythms and fast driving Minuanos, I've been an avid fan since 1980 when a brother in law turn me on to his music....hen c e my buddies have been fans afterwards.. . . h e is so creative and the music just fits my lifestyle... . t h e sounds create a mood that correlate with the emotions... I had the privilege to attend his " First Circle" tour I Miami in 86 and it was unforgettabl e . . . . i n t r o d u c i n g Pedro Aznar and his wond
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Pat Metheny's music has always amazed me he is so unique.
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1982 was the year when I first heard PM. Listening to his music truly takes you to another dimension. Like in a state of trance.
Sometimes I can't describe the feeling, or can't breath. Feeling of high without taking any recreational drugs. It's just different. Oil painting is my Hobbie and listening to PM is like never ending enthusiasm to paint. Before I know it, 4 hrs has just passed. Thank you Mr. Pat Metheny.
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No one quite like Pat - EVER! His music takes you to another time and place, and you don't want to come back!.
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qbeelss
Love Pat & wish he'd tour with Lyle Mays again, those were the best concerts, ever! Brilliant men!! Still follow all Pat's music, he's the best jazz musician!! ����
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brianawalkey
as falls witchita so falls witchita falls so fall us all
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Best in jazz ever?
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elkatehar
Bob, well said. best raveling music you can drive to. First discovered Pat from the Falcon and the Snowman Movie score. I have every single LP/cassette and CD he and Lyle have ever made.
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Pat and Lyle and your band thank you for your gift of bringing beauty magic joy inspiration class your music makes me feel what nature gives me so you are always with me since the eighties wither I am flighing trekking by the sea or high in the mountains in a car going fast or on a long drive down to Big Sur your diversity of sounds the creative genius never fails the self to understandin g the magic when people come together for the greater good of humanity it's brings us all together as b
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gdwilk3rd
Have been listening to Mr. Metheny since the early eighties. Heard him play live in Orange County CA. The man is tremendous. Can't say I've taken to everything he has put out but definitely most. Love him!!
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bhwolfson
A gifted, hard working, gentle soul. Made everlasting contribution s
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Brilliant man!
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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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