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  • Dan McClenaghan wrote on June 08, 2012 report

    Great review! I guess this is an "essential" disc.

  • John Kelman wrote on June 08, 2012 report

    Thanks, Dan. Yes, it absolutely is essential. Don't miss it!
    Best!
    John

  • Dom Minasi wrote on June 09, 2012 report

    Excellent John. This record is one of his best.

  • Michael Ricci wrote on June 09, 2012 report

    I'm lovin' it too. "Come and See" is a helluva tune.

  • John Kelman wrote on June 09, 2012 report

    Thanks, Dom...yeah, I'm with you on this being one of his best. I'm a longtime fan but it's been some time since I've been this excited about a new Metheny release.

  • Peter Down wrote on July 03, 2012 report

    Thanks for the review. I bought the album on the strength of it - and I'm loving it.
    Definitely a "must have."

  • John Kelman wrote on July 04, 2012 report

    Hey Peter,
    Thanks for writing. Glad the review encouraged you to check it out...it's definitely on my short list for best of the year, and we're only a little past half-way...

    Enjoy...and thanks, again, for taking the time to write in and let me know, it's much appreciated!
    John

  • Chip Gercke wrote on July 12, 2012 report

    John,

    I enjoyed your piece. It doesn't matter that I paid WAY too much for the pre-order CD (it came with a poster signed by Pat,) it is terrific.

    I can't wait until Annapolis in August for the PMUB show! I'm a little confused by your comment about Lyle..."the very visible absence of PMG keyboardist/co-composer Lyle Mays—and that's a very good thing."

    At first blush, it comes off not unlike a Kenny G diss, but not being familiar with your past PMG reviews, maybe you could explain?

    Take care,

    Chip Gercke

  • John Kelman wrote on July 13, 2012 report

    Hey Chip,
    Many thanks. "That said, Unity Band is not Pat Metheny Group, for a number of reasons that go beyond the obvious—not the least being the very visible absence of PMG keyboardist/co-composer Lyle Mays—and that's a very good thing." - the 'very good thing' refers to Unity Band not being like PMG, and that being a very good thing...not a dis of Mays (of whom I'm a big fan). My point being that Unity Band combines some of the sweeping compositional approach of PMG with a far more open approach to improv. I think UB, were it to sound too much like PMG, it would be a problem. If Pat puts together a different band otshould be different.

    Hope this helps. But to address Mays more directly, as great as he is, were he to be in Unity Band, then it would be too much like PMG (especially with Sanchez), and that would not be a good thing. UB needs its own identity. So the 'very good thing' refers to UB having a distinct and separate identity to PMG, which is a good thing, as I think it would have been a mistake for it to have been too close to PMG.

    That said, rumors are PMG will be revived next year, and believe me, I'll be first in line!

    Best!
    John

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