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 3.54 | 17 ratings
Bright Size Life
Post Bop 1976
PAT METHENY Watercolors album cover 3.83 | 12 ratings
Watercolors
Fusion 1977
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group album cover 3.97 | 22 ratings
Pat Metheny Group
Fusion 1978
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group : American Garage album cover 3.74 | 12 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : American Garage
Fusion 1979
PAT METHENY New Chautauqua album cover 3.58 | 15 ratings
New Chautauqua
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1979
PAT METHENY 80/81 album cover 3.57 | 14 ratings
80/81
Fusion 1980
PAT METHENY As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (with Lyle Mays) album cover 4.08 | 20 ratings
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (with Lyle Mays)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1981
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: Offramp album cover 4.41 | 20 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Offramp
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 Pat Metheny Group : First Circle album cover 2.18 | 11 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : First Circle
World Fusion 1984
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: The Falcon And The Snowman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover 2.96 | 3 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: The Falcon And The Snowman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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 Pat Metheny Group : Still Life (Talking) album cover 3.68 | 13 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : Still Life (Talking)
World Fusion 1987
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: Letter From Home album cover 3.31 | 16 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Letter From Home
World Fusion 1989
PAT METHENY Question And Answer (with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes) album cover 3.50 | 8 ratings
Question And Answer (with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)
Post Bop 1990
PAT METHENY Secret Story album cover 4.10 | 18 ratings
Secret Story
Fusion 1992
PAT METHENY Zero Tolerance for Silence album cover 1.71 | 7 ratings
Zero Tolerance for Silence
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group : We Live Here album cover 3.37 | 13 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : We Live Here
Fusion 1994
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group : 2.69 | 8 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : "Quartet"
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 Pat Metheny Group ‎: Imaginary Day album cover 3.75 | 9 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Imaginary Day
World Fusion 1997
PAT METHENY A Map Of The World album cover 3.38 | 7 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 Pat Metheny Group : Speaking Of Now album cover 3.65 | 12 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : Speaking Of Now
World Fusion 2002
PAT METHENY One Quiet Night album cover 3.19 | 10 ratings
One Quiet Night
Fusion 2003
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group : The Way Up album cover 4.39 | 26 ratings
Pat Metheny Group : The Way Up
Fusion 2005
PAT METHENY Metheny Mehldau (with Mehldau) album cover 3.82 | 8 ratings
Metheny Mehldau (with Mehldau)
Post Bop 2006
PAT METHENY Quartet (with Mehldau) album cover 3.67 | 6 ratings
Quartet (with Mehldau)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
PAT METHENY Day Trip (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez) album cover 2.88 | 7 ratings
Day Trip (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez)
Fusion 2008
PAT METHENY Orchestrion album cover 3.14 | 12 ratings
Orchestrion
Fusion 2010
PAT METHENY What's It All About album cover 2.16 | 6 ratings
What's It All About
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
PAT METHENY Unity Band album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Unity Band
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
PAT METHENY Tap: Book of Angels, Volume 20 album cover 3.93 | 4 ratings
Tap: Book of Angels, Volume 20
World Fusion 2013
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→) album cover 3.26 | 6 ratings
Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)
Fusion 2014
PAT METHENY From This Place album cover 4.91 | 2 ratings
From This Place
Fusion 2020

PAT METHENY EPs & splits

PAT METHENY Tokyo Day Trip Live (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez) album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Tokyo Day Trip Live (feat. Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez)
Fusion 2008

PAT METHENY live albums

PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: Live In Concert (aka Blue Asphalt) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Live In Concert (aka Blue Asphalt)
Fusion 1977
PAT METHENY Boston Jazz Workshop, September 1976 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boston Jazz Workshop, September 1976
Fusion 1977
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: Live On Tour (aka Unity Village) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Live On Tour (aka Unity Village)
Fusion 1979
PAT METHENY Pat Metheny Group ‎: Travels album cover 3.76 | 11 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: Travels
Fusion 1983
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 Pat Metheny Group ‎: The Road To You (Recorded Live In Europe) album cover 4.36 | 9 ratings
Pat Metheny Group ‎: The Road To You (Recorded Live In Europe)
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 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Unity Sessions
Fusion 2016
PAT METHENY Montreal '89 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Montreal '89
Fusion 2016
PAT METHENY Live Montreal '89 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Montreal '89
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 Live In Saratoga album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Saratoga
Fusion 2020

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
PAT METHENY Live Tokyo '85 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Tokyo '85
Fusion 2020

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PAT METHENY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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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 From This Place

Album · 2020 · Fusion
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Pat is back! With a new lineup, bringing over long-time bandmate at this point, Antonio Sanchez, on drums. On bass is Linda May Han Oh, and on piano is Gwilym Simcock. The band is backed up by an orchestra. This is arguably one of his best albums over a 50 year career, which is quite a feat this late in the game. I haven't felt this great about a Pat Metheny album since The Way Up, released almost 15 years prior to this album. There's been some good stuff released in between, but nothing that has been as enjoyable as anything from 2005 and earlier... until From This Place.

From the massive prog-jazz opening track America Undefined, to the final heartfelt Love May Take Awhile, this album is a journey, and an emotional roller coaster, as Pat's best albums usually are. I enjoy every track here. The opener is very intense, with even some kind of rock out section in the last part, very exciting way to open things up. Same River is very classic Pat Metheny, Pathmaker is possibly the most fun tune on this album, and the harmonica player from The Way Up appears on The Past Is Us, a great tune. The emotional title song touches on the political climate of the late 2010s, but I think the final two pieces, Sixty-Six, written for Pat's age at the time, and the aforementioned Love May Take Awhile, are two of the most powerful pieces of music Pat has put out yet. The orchestral strings really shine on these last two.

I am reminded of Lyle Mays throughout this album, who passed away about a week before this album was released. The tune Sixty-Six takes on a whole other meaning for that is the age Lyle was at his passing, and the music is reminiscent of the Pat Metheny Group classic, "Last Train Home" makes it seem like a tribute to the life of Lyle Mays. The piano work of Gwilym Simcock is to be commended as he really brings out the spirit of Lyle throughout the music of From This Place. The orchestra does this as well, providing the synth-heavy background ambience Lyle would often provide in the PMG along with is piano playing, with an orchestra instead.

Overall, this album is like a marriage of Secret Story and The Way Up, while also bringing back some of the mid-Western sound from the 70s bands, with a pinch of the 80s PMG sound for good measure. All the while pushing things forward, there are many surprises throughout, some things I've never heard Pat do before. As far as his guitar playing, of course it's fantastic as usual, but this time he sounds more inspired than usual as of late, and his classic tone is back. Pat has never sounded so good. His clean guitar tone here is well balanced and warm, unlike his previous few albums where his tone was dry, far-away sounding, and cold.

Highly recommended for anyone who is even slightly into Pat's music. Great album from the modern master of Jazz.

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 Pat Metheny Group : The Way Up

Album · 2005 · Fusion
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siLLy puPPy
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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siLLy puPPy
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.

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