Pat Metheny: One Man's Band
But if Metheny's prodigious machine can fool virtuoso listeners like Mark Egan into thinking that live musicians are playing, how far away are we from robotic improvisation? Now that computers can recognize speech and even beat chess grandmasters at their own game, how long will it take them to learn bebop licks or "Giant Steps" chord changes? How long before it is impossible to tell the difference between a human improvising and a machine programmed for 'creativity'the jazz equivalent of a Turing Test? Metheny has an answer for that one too: "Not anytime soon." One man's band is another man's plan.
Pat Metheny, Bright Size Life (ECM, 1975)
Pat Metheny, 80/81 (ECM, 1980)
Pat Metheny/Dave Holland/Roy Haynes, Question and Answer (Geffen, 1989)
Pat Metheny Trio, Live (Warner Bros., 1999-2000)
Pat Metheny, One Quiet Night (Nonesuch, 2001-03)
Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonesuch, 2009)