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Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Hanover Theatre

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Pat Metheny Unity GroupHanover Theatre Worcester, MA November 16, 2014 “As far as explaining [my music] to other people, I don't really worry too much about that," Pat Metheny reflected, perhaps befittingly for an artist who constantly seems to churn out new sounds while nestling himself at the forefront of jazz's musical directions. “I somehow have always felt comfortable knowing that the music speaks for itself, and it may be that the largest part ...

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Top 12 "Most Read" Album Reviews: 2014

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our top twelve published in 2014. ) by Pat Metheny Unity Group">) by Pat Metheny Unity Group" height="100" width="100"> ) by Pat Metheny Unity Group">Kin () Pat Metheny Unity Group by John Kelman Published: January 28, 2014 Live At The Village Vanguard Marc Ribot Trio by Dan Bilawsky ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group at Centrepointe Theatre

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Pat Metheny Unity Group Centrepointe Theatre Ottawa, Canada November 12, 2014 “Every time we're planning a tour," he said to the near-sellout crowd at Ottawa, Canada's Centrepointe Theatre, “I always ask 'are we going to play Ottawa?' You think I'm joking..." It's not often that the opportunity arises to catch a group near the beginning and end of a year-long world tour but, after seeing guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Group at Stavanger, Norway's ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (<-->)

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Pat Metheny's Unity Group is perfectly named because, in its quintet lineup even more so than the original quartet, the group's approach brings together every musical element the famed guitarist has pursued during the course of his career. Acoustic guitars of the solo projects, dense high-tech arrangements à la Pat Metheny Group, traditional jazz horns recalling 80/81 (ECM, 1980) and vigorous ensemble improvisation hearkening to his various trios all mix on Kin ()'s very first track, “On Day One," and ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)

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Nine years after the Pat Metheny Group crowned its mammoth The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005) tour before 100,000 people at the Montreal Jazz Festival, it seems increasingly unlikely that Metheny will reconvene his main vehicle, not now with a vibrant new group pushing him compositionally and slaying audiences. Or does it? In a 2012 interview with All About Jazz , drummer Antonio Sanchez--who has worked closely with Metheny for a dozen years--said of the PMG: “everybody is craving another go ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Paramount Theater, Denver, March 7, 2014

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Pat Metheny Unity Group Paramount Theater Denver, CO March 7, 2014 The Group is back. Sort of. For virtually his entire career, Pat Metheny has bounced back and forth between the highly successful Pat Metheny Group and a wide array of projects under his own name. Ever since the Group's eponymous 1978 release, the personnel in the Pat Metheny Group constantly evolved. Besides Metheny, however, one player remained constant: keyboard player Lyle Mays; i.e.: no ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (←→)

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Strangely enough, the release of Kin () may be the one that most polarizes longtime fans of guitarist Pat Metheny. There are those who feel that, beginning with 2005's last recording with his then-longstanding Pat Metheny Group, that he'd become too complex, too chops-heavy and too distanced from the accessible music of recordings like Travels (ECM, 1983) and Still Life (Talking) (Nonesuch, 1987). He further distanced himself from a number of his core constituents with Orchestrion (Nonesuch, 2010), and his ...

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival 2013

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Crown of the Continent Guitar FestivalBigfork, MontanaAugust 26-31, 2013“Either I'm imaging things, or this festival has grown just a little in the four years since I was here last," Pat Metheny laughed as he squinted into the glare of a brace of theater lights. An SRO crowd of over 900 ecstatic fans crammed into a high-arching, rectangular tent fit for an emir's wedding hooted and clapped in response. The guitar icon's telling comments during his recent concert ...



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