PAT METHENY

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Patrick Bruce Metheny (born 12 August 1954 in Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA) is an American jazz guitarist and leader of the Pat Metheny Group. Metheny's musical contexts separate into many branches: the Pat Metheny Group plus various collaborations, duets, solo works, and other side projects.

He first made it big in the jazz world with the famous vibraphonist Gary Burton. Throughout the late 70's, 80's, and 90's, Metheny established himself as one of the leading jazz guitar players in the world. Famous for his tasteful midwestern style and tone, he also has an incredible facility with the guitar. His compositions have earned him acclaim in the jazz world as well.

He has played with such greats as: Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Ornette Coleman, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Jim Hall, John Scofield, Bill Stewart, Brad Mehldau and Jaco Pastorius. Similar artists
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PAT METHENY Discography

PAT METHENY albums / top albums

PAT METHENY Bright Size Life album cover 3.56 | 15 ratings
Bright Size Life
Post Bop 1976
PAT METHENY Watercolors album cover 3.88 | 11 ratings
Watercolors
Fusion 1977
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group album cover 3.97 | 20 ratings
Pat Metheny Group
Fusion 1978
PAT METHENY American Garage (PMG) album cover 3.75 | 11 ratings
American Garage (PMG)
Fusion 1979
PAT METHENY New Chautauqua album cover 3.56 | 14 ratings
New Chautauqua
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1979
PAT METHENY 80/81 album cover 3.61 | 12 ratings
80/81
Fusion 1980
PAT METHENY As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (with Lyle Mays) album cover 4.09 | 18 ratings
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (with Lyle Mays)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1981
PAT METHENY Offramp (PMG) album cover 4.46 | 18 ratings
Offramp (PMG)
World Fusion 1982
PAT METHENY Rejoicing (with Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins) album cover 3.57 | 7 ratings
Rejoicing (with Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins)
Fusion 1984
PAT METHENY First Circle (PMG) album cover 2.17 | 11 ratings
First Circle (PMG)
World Fusion 1984
PAT METHENY The Falcon and the Snowman (PMG) album cover 2.96 | 3 ratings
The Falcon and the Snowman (PMG)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1985
PAT METHENY Song X (with Ornette Coleman ) album cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
Song X (with Ornette Coleman )
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
PAT METHENY Still Life (Talking) (PMG) album cover 3.60 | 12 ratings
Still Life (Talking) (PMG)
World Fusion 1987
PAT METHENY Letter From Home (PMG) album cover 3.25 | 15 ratings
Letter From Home (PMG)
World Fusion 1989
PAT METHENY Question And Answer (with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes) album cover 3.44 | 7 ratings
Question And Answer (with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)
Post Bop 1990
PAT METHENY Secret Story album cover 4.10 | 16 ratings
Secret Story
Fusion 1992
PAT METHENY Zero Tolerance for Silence album cover 1.58 | 6 ratings
Zero Tolerance for Silence
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAT METHENY We Live Here (PMG) album cover 3.57 | 11 ratings
We Live Here (PMG)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1994
PAT METHENY Quartet (PMG) album cover 2.64 | 7 ratings
Quartet (PMG)
Post Bop 1996
PAT METHENY Passaggio per il Paradiso album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Passaggio per il Paradiso
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1996
PAT METHENY Imaginary Day (PMG) album cover 3.68 | 8 ratings
Imaginary Day (PMG)
World Fusion 1997
PAT METHENY A Map Of The World album cover 3.40 | 6 ratings
A Map Of The World
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1999
PAT METHENY Trio 99→00 album cover 3.40 | 7 ratings
Trio 99→00
Post Bop 2000
PAT METHENY Speaking Of Now (PMG) album cover 3.63 | 11 ratings
Speaking Of Now (PMG)
World Fusion 2002
PAT METHENY One Quiet Night album cover 3.20 | 9 ratings
One Quiet Night
Fusion 2003
PAT METHENY The Way Up (PMG) album cover 4.39 | 24 ratings
The Way Up (PMG)
Fusion 2005
PAT METHENY Metheny Mehldau (with Mehldau) album cover 3.84 | 7 ratings
Metheny Mehldau (with Mehldau)
Post Bop 2006
PAT METHENY Quartet (with Mehldau) album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Quartet (with Mehldau)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
PAT METHENY Day Trip (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez) album cover 2.94 | 7 ratings
Day Trip (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez)
Fusion 2008
PAT METHENY Orchestrion album cover 3.14 | 11 ratings
Orchestrion
Fusion 2010
PAT METHENY What's It All About album cover 2.15 | 5 ratings
What's It All About
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
PAT METHENY Unity Band album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Unity Band
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
PAT METHENY Tap: Book of Angels, Volume 20 album cover 3.93 | 3 ratings
Tap: Book of Angels, Volume 20
World Fusion 2013
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→) album cover 3.24 | 5 ratings
Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)
Fusion 2014
PAT METHENY From This Place album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From This Place
Third Stream 2020

PAT METHENY EPs & splits

PAT METHENY Tokyo Day Trip Live (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez) album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Tokyo Day Trip Live (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez)
Fusion 2008

PAT METHENY live albums

PAT METHENY Live In Concert (aka Blue Asphalt) (PMG) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Concert (aka Blue Asphalt) (PMG)
Fusion 1977
PAT METHENY Travels (PMG) album cover 3.71 | 10 ratings
Travels (PMG)
Fusion 1982
PAT METHENY Parallel Universe album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Parallel Universe
Fusion 1984
PAT METHENY Live In Concert (with Heath Brothers / Dave Brubeck Quartet, The / B.B. King)(aka The Jazz Masters) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Concert (with Heath Brothers / Dave Brubeck Quartet, The / B.B. King)(aka The Jazz Masters)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1984
PAT METHENY Unity Village album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unity Village
Fusion 1993
PAT METHENY The Road To You (Recorded Live In Europe) (PMG) album cover 4.38 | 8 ratings
The Road To You (Recorded Live In Europe) (PMG)
World Fusion 1993
PAT METHENY Dream Teams album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Dream Teams
Post Bop 1994
PAT METHENY All the Things You Are (with Gary Burton & The Heath Brothers) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All the Things You Are (with Gary Burton & The Heath Brothers)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
PAT METHENY Trio → Live album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Trio → Live
Post Bop 2000
PAT METHENY The Orchestrion Project album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Orchestrion Project
Fusion 2013
PAT METHENY Hommage à Eberhard Weber album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hommage à Eberhard Weber
Third Stream 2015
PAT METHENY Live Chicago ’87’ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Chicago ’87’
World Fusion 2015
PAT METHENY Live: Montreal '89 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live: Montreal '89
Fusion 2016
PAT METHENY The Unity Sessions album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Unity Sessions
Fusion 2016
PAT METHENY New York November 1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York November 1979
Fusion 2017
PAT METHENY Live In The 70s album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In The 70s
Fusion 2017
PAT METHENY Live 1976 - Classic FM Broadcast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 1976 - Classic FM Broadcast
Fusion 2018

PAT METHENY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PAT METHENY An Hour With Pat Metheny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Hour With Pat Metheny
Fusion 1979
PAT METHENY A Special Conversation With Pat Metheny album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Special Conversation With Pat Metheny
Fusion 1992

PAT METHENY re-issues & compilations

PAT METHENY Works album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Works
Fusion 1983
PAT METHENY Works II album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Works II
Fusion 1988
PAT METHENY The Move to the Groove Session (aka A Sassy Samba) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Move to the Groove Session (aka A Sassy Samba)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2000
PAT METHENY Rarum: Selected Recordings album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Rarum: Selected Recordings
Fusion 2004
PAT METHENY Upojenie (with Anna Maria Jopek) album cover 3.41 | 3 ratings
Upojenie (with Anna Maria Jopek)
Vocal Jazz 2008
PAT METHENY Essential Collection - Last Train Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential Collection - Last Train Home
Fusion 2015
PAT METHENY Live At The ACAD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The ACAD
Fusion 2017

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4.50 | 1 ratings
We Live Here (Live In Japan '95)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1995
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Imaginary Day Live
World Fusion 2001
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Baltica 2003
Fusion 2003
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Secret Story Live
Fusion 2004
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4.50 | 1 ratings
The Way Up - Live
Fusion 2004
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gathering Sky
Fusion 2006
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2.50 | 1 ratings
The Orchestrion Project
Fusion 2012
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The Unity Sessions
Fusion 2015

PAT METHENY Reviews

PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)

Album · 2014 · Fusion
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“Kin” is the second installment from Pat Metheny’s new ‘super group’, the Unity band. Once again the brilliant saxophonist Chris Potter is on board, as well as the rhythm section of Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez. Giulio Carmassi has been added on a variety of instruments as well as voice, and Pat’s bizarre mechanical orchestrion has been added to the mix too. “Kin” is a well crafted album with a vast variety of sounds and textures, with the group often sounding like a mini-orchestra, but there are some problems too, mostly in sound production, not performance.

“Kin” opens with a couple of highly ambitious multi-sectioned pieces that almost sound like suites within themselves. On these pieces the band builds layers of sound over Afro-Latin rhythms while Potter turns in stellar solos on the sax. Pat plays some nice solos too, but this is where some of the sound problems begin. On the opening track, “On Day One” Pat’s guitar seems buried under layers of fake reverb, and on other tracks he utilizes a thin, almost annoying synth guitar sound. I had no idea any guitarists still dabbled with the synth-guitar, it always seemed like a failed experiment at best. Track three, “Adagia”, is a nice balladic change of pace before the band heads back for more epic soundtracks over Afro-Latin grooves.

After these first five tracks, “Kin” takes a left turn and ends with a series of ballads, not really jazz ballads per se, but more in the pop/rock/soul vein really. These songs would fit well on an album by Seal or John Legend, they are all well written and soulfully played by Potter and the others, so its just a matter of taste if these cuts work for you or not. The one oddball in this closing batch of songs is “We Go On” , a short little jagged melody that sounds like early Ornette Coleman, it sounds great, but it also seems entirely out of place.

Fans of Pat Metheny and contemporary jazz in general will find a lot to like here, some of the opening cuts are very imaginative with plenty of fresh ideas and great solos, and I think contemporary jazz fans are going to be less annoyed by the overly processed modern digital sound that can be bothersome to others. Like a lot of modern jazz records, “Kin”, has been subjected to heavy compression so it can easily blend with other jazz cuts for play on modern internet jazz radio stations. Unfortunately, compression can also drain some life out of the music and make Potter’s big tenor sax sound too thin and impersonal.

PAT METHENY The Way Up (PMG)

Album · 2005 · Fusion
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I am not the hugest fan of smooth jazz but I can take it in small doses. The likes of Kenny G, The Rippingtons and their ilk are ok, but I generally prefer more of a bite in my jazz tastes with my favorites being the most adventurous musical souls. PAT METHENY alone and with his GROUP rarely manage to excite me and always tread lightly upon the musical paths they embark upon. Such the case can be said for this release THE WAY UP which seems to be universally hailed as their best album and judging by the handful of METHENY releases I have listened to so far, I would have to agree with that statement. Yes, this is still smooth jazz, but this is progressive smooth jazz!

This album was inspired by both the works of Steve Reich and Eberhard Weber, both of whom METHENY has worked with. This album is designed to be one long album long track that reaches just over 68 minutes in length but broken into 4 tracks only for navigational purposes. The sounds on here are very typical for METHENY, of what i've heard so far, but what is very different from other releases is that the compositions are much more complex than anything i've encountered from this group so far. They master the art of extending pieces and exploring variations on themes and add interesting solos as well.

Although this still reminds me of fluffy unsalted and unbuttered popcorn with cotton balls in the clouds in a place where calmness and serenity suffocate any remote threat of surprise and angst, the fact is that when the compositions are interesting as on this album, then I have to admit that the smoother and calmer side of the jazz-fusion spectrum can be quite interesting indeed. Although this will probably never rank up there in the top ranks of my all time treasured albums, this certainly has a worthy spot in my collection to fire up every now and again simply to ride the jazz-fusiony ethers that are as light and fluffy as a light breezy spring shower raining pillows and marshmallows on the fertile lands where only white bunnies and fuzzy easter chicks roam.

PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group

Album · 1978 · Fusion
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Well what can I say. Not my thing. This is jazz-fusion all right, but very much on the light side. Nothing adventurous at all. If the Mahavishnu Orchestra is Godzilla, then this is Bambi. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you're looking for but a little tame for my tastes. I am not the biggest of Pat Metheny fans but I have heard albums that I like a lot better than this one. If you are into smooth jazz then this may be the thing for you. I can hear that the musicians are talented and all but it's just that I'm not that much into the style. Described as jazz meets Americana but i'm not feeling it. Only the last track saves this from being a one star album for me.

PAT METHENY Upojenie (with Anna Maria Jopek)

Boxset / Compilation · 2008 · Vocal Jazz
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Probably even devoted Pat Metheny fans have never heard about this album. Originally recorded in 2002 in Poland, and released in Poland and the Far East only, until 2008 it was the best kept secret from the rest of the world.

Originally considered a release by Polish diva Anna Maria Jopek, in 2008 it was reissued by Nonesuch under Pat Metheny's name. Anna Maria Jopek is an excellent Polish artist, not a very strong jazz vocalist, but a soulful singer, beautiful woman and she has strong artistic appeal. "Upojenje"("Extasy") was recorded soon after Anna met Pat Metheny at a European jazz festival. Reworking some old Metheny compositions (and adding Polish lyrics), plus some of Anna's songs and a few more modernised Polish folk songs, this album represents that rare and strange magic you very often can't describe.

After the few very first Metheny albums, I lost interest in his polished straight-ahead fusion, world tunes and easy-listening contemporary jazz albums. His rare experimental albums sounded even less interesting, yet here on this work with the Polish diva, I find what he does best: combining his tunes and nice lyrical musicianship with pop-jazz/adult-pop vocals, plus soulful Eastern European folk-fusion and melodies. On this CD Pat demonstrates the best formula I have heard from him yet.

With support from leading Polish jazz musicians (incl. pianist Leszek Mozdzer) and known world fusion percussionist Mino Cinelu, this long album sounds pleasant, but very far from being boring (the international version is even longer - it contains 3 bonus tracks, 17 songs at all).

Don't expect the usual Pat Metheny fusion from this release though - dreamy soulful jazz-influenced Eastern European songs (sounding very modern) are what you'll find here. If you like stylish jazzy adult-pop vocal songs and are interested in hearing unusual sounding classic Metheny compositions - find this album, you won't be disappointed.

PAT METHENY We Live Here (PMG)

Album · 1994 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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The Pat Metheny Group, co-led by guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Lyle Mays, released We Live Here in 1995. This instrumental jazz fusion album contains plenty of interesting music and remains a good release despite the handful of faults it has.

Virtually all of the music on this record is highly accessible and will appeal to casual fans of Metheny who enjoy the more mainstream side of his catalogue but may have difficulty digesting the music that is a bit more "out there". Just because the music is accessible doesn't mean it's bad, though; almost every track has a lot to offer and is rich with good ideas, even if there are times when the music gets a bit too smooth for my liking. Metheny and Mays' songwriting skills, as usual, do not disappoint, and the album is packed with lengthy, musical melodies and interesting harmonic structures. This time around the Pat Metheny Group have also added a healthy dose of world music influence to their usual blend of jazz fusion.

Given the wealth of talent in the Pat Metheny Group's lineup it's no surprise that the playing on this album is exceptional. As expected, Metheny's guitar and May's keys form the core of the band's sound and provide some of the album's best solos. The fantastic piano solo and guitar synth solo on the track "To the End of the World" are highlights and really showcase the musicians' improvising abilities. While the other members of the band definitely don't get as much time in the spotlight, their contributions are invaluable to the atmosphere of the songs. Some added percussion, backing vocals, and the occasional trumpet part add a wealth of texture to the music.

While most of the instruments here have great parts, there is one exception: the drums. The intricate and responsive drumming expected of Paul Wertico is nowhere to be found on this release, instead replaced by a series of static and fairly basic drum loops. This was a very poor choice and in many ways it kills the music, making the songs sound like cheap muzak when in reality the compositions have a great deal of integrity.

Although this album never quite reaches greatness it will still please most listeners with its well-written melodies and a host of great solos. Despite the banal drum loops and the occasional section that is a bit too smooth, We Live Here does come through as a good album. While this record is recommended for fans of the Pat Metheny Group - and crossover jazz in general - some of the band's other, more ambitious albums may prove more rewarding.

(Originally published on progarchives.com)

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