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Cuong Vu Trio With Pat Metheny: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

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There's a bit of a role reversal going on with this one. Trumpeter Cuong Vu--a Pat Metheny devotee from the time he first heard the guitarist's Travels (ECM, 1983) as a teenager--eventually came to join the Pat Metheny Group, enhancing the sound of the band on a pair of Grammy-winning albums: Speaking Of Now (Warner Bros. 2002) and The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005). Now Metheny returns the favor, joining Vu's crew for this expansive outing. The concept ...

WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way

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Morality matters to all of us. We protest when we are robbed or defrauded. We praise heroes and heroines. We condemn moral monsters. We laud a Mother Teresa and condemn a Ted Bundy. We recognize good and bad habits. We rebuke those who do evil; we praise those who do good. We attempt to honor our conscience and call others to do so. Morality matters to music as well. Consider piracy, contractual obligations, fair compensation for work, plagiarizing ...

LIVE REVIEWS

2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

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Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 4-7, 2015 As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing spread over four stages during the course of the four-day event. It is obviously just not possible to experience it all. The sooner one ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

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Pat Metheny Unity Group The Unity Sessions Eagle Eye Media 2015 With the release of the The Orchestrion Project (Eagle Eye Media, 2012) DVD/Blu Ray video and associated The Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch, 2013) two-CD set released just over three months later, Pat Metheny changed his approach to the live recordings that have followed almost every major release/tour beginning with Imaginary Day (Warner Bros., 1997) and Imaginary Day Live (Eagle Vision, 2001). Instead of ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Pat Metheny: Quantum Musician

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If Pat Metheny never plays another single note, he would have already lived a “bright size life." Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, MO in 1954 and first picked up his guitar at the age of twelve. By age fifteen, he was already playing with the top jazz musicians in town. In 1974, he became a part of the international jazz scene and joined a band led by vibraphonist Gary Burton. During this three year stint, he ...

REDISCOVERY

Pat Metheny Group: Travels

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Pat Metheny GroupTravelsECM Records 1983 There are some records that cannot help but become etched in the memory as a reminder of times past... a happy circumstance, perhaps, or (though hopefully not) something less positive in one's life. Today's Rediscovery is an album that, no matter the time of year, brings back memories of warm summer evenings beneath a star-lit country sky. When Pat Metheny Group--the guitarist's then-six year-old group that had, by that ...

LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

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" class="f-left" /> ) 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 ...


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