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Live Review

Pat Metheny Side Eye at the Paramount Theatre

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Pat Metheny Side Eye Paramount Theatre Denver, CO October 9, 2021 Forrest Gump said life is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you'll get until you dive in. Pat Metheny is like that. His most popular confection, The Pat Metheny Group, could always be counted on for a sweet, yet sophisticated flavor. Beyond the PMG however, Metheny's many recipes sometimes delighted, sometimes puzzled, and even occasionally proved indigestible for some of his many ...

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Live Review

Monterey Jazz Festival 2021: Returning to the Scene of the Legacy

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 24-26, 2021 Hastily and heroically assembled, the 64th annual Monterey Jazz Festival took over the Monterey County Fairgrounds, with an added, unusual emotional power. After losing a year to COVID's live music-slashing sword, this great American institution--which rightly touts its legacy as the world's oldest continuous jazz festival--reconfirmed its cultural commitment, to inspiring ends. The comeback package including the Marquee magnetism of Pat Metheny, {{m: ...

Radio & Podcasts

Pat Metheny, Asaf Sirkis, Henry Solomon, David Garfield, Phil Turcio and William Kennedy

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New music from Pat Metheny from his live recording Side-Eye, Asaf Sirkis from Solar Flash, Olga Konkova, David Garfield, Phil Turcio-Will Kennedy, saxophonist Alex Hahn and Scott Kinsey and Mer Sal from their latestAdjustments. Playlist Pat Metheny “Lodger" from Side-Eye (BMG) 00:00 Asaf Sirkis “Under The Ice" from Solar Flash (Moonjune) 06:02 Henry Solomon “Left Behind" from Outside World 2 (Good Question) 12:15 Fazer “Grenadier" from Grenadier (City Slang) 18:28 Olga Konkova “Les Hommes des Sables" from Open ...

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Book Review

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Read "Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in his music much like a motif appears in literature. Perhaps this is most evident in his 1997 album with Charlie Haden, Beyond the Missouri ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Pat Metheny Songbook - A New Jazz Canon, Part 2

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This is the second part of our celebration of Pat Metheny's 66th birthday through an exploration of the best renditions of his work by other musicians. Metheny's signature compositional style inspired countless colleagues, even before he had released his first album. It's no surprise that more than four decades later, the renditions of his work can be counted in the hundreds. I hope you'll enjoy those featured here by long time collaborators like Lyle Mays, Gary Burton, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Pat Metheny Songbook - A New Jazz Canon, Part 1

Read "The Pat Metheny Songbook - A New Jazz Canon, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we launch a series of episodes that, from time to time, we'll look at the work of contemporary jazz players as composers, rather than performers, from Tim Berne to Geri Allen, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, John Zorn, Brad Mehldau and many more. We are starting this series with Pat Metheny, the author of countless unforgettable compositions. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Bob Curnow's ...

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Album Review

Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


When a musician of Pat Metheny's pedigree writes, “From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life," it seems prudent to listen. Each of these ten new compositions seems to reflect a different aspect of Metheny as composer and guitarist, casting his bright and articulate voice in various configurations of his core band (Welsh pianist Gwilym Simcock, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez, whose tenure with ...


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