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Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater

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Pat Metheny 2018 World Tour Kimmel Center Presents Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2018 I have covered the jazz “waterfront" for All About Jazz over the past two decades and although I have taken in a lot of territory, I often find myself aware of major gaps in my listening. Even an all-time legendary jazz musician can be a “missing person" on my list. When I ...

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Pat Metheny Quartet at The Cabot

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Pat Metheny The Cabot Beverly, MASeptember 30, 2018 On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a veteran, having received all accolades including 20 Grammy Awards, was just launching a new tour with an exceptional younger generation quartet. The evening's performance ...

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Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront

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Pat Metheny Belfast Waterfront jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 14, 2017 “We've been trying to get a gig here for forty two years," Pat Metheny told the crowd at the Belfast Waterfront. Happily, the Missouri guitarist had at last found the city. It had been hidden out of sight all the time, on the far side of Ireland from America. He should have asked Charlie Haden or Ornette Coleman. His old sparring partners knew.

INTERVIEWS

Pat Metheny: Driving Forces

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It's been five years since Pat Metheny was last interviewed by All About Jazz, a not inconsiderable period of time in any working musician's life and particularly in one quite as prolific as the Missouri guitarist/composer. At the time, Metheny was promoting his Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sánchez. His unconcealed enthusiasm for the band was matched by the general acclaim for its debut Unity Band (Nonesuch, 2012), the follow up Kin (Nonesuch, 2015) and sold ...

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Pat Metheny at Cologne Philharmonic

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Pat Metheny Philharmonic Hall Cologne, Germany October 28, 2017 Pat Metheny remains a highly popular, award winning force in the music business after more than four decades. The still-amazing guitarist and his current ensemble demonstrated exactly why, many times over, during their dynamic set in Cologne's beautiful symphony hall. This extensive tour, generically deemed “An Evening with Pat Metheny," encompassed much of the 2017 calendar and civilized world offering a comprehensive set list for long ...

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An Evening with Pat Metheny at The Barre Opera House

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Pat Metheny Barre Opera House Barre, Vermont January 14, 2017 Pat Metheny doesn't dabble. If he's proven anything over the course of a multiple Grammy Award-winning solo career, it's that he sees each of his eclectic projects through to its logical conclusion. So it is then that his appearance at the Barre Opera House in Vermont on January 14 was just the latest stop on a tour that has been in progress largely without interruption ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cuong Vu/Pat Metheny: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

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Vietnamese trumpeter Cuong Vu has been a frequent Pat Metheny collaborator dating back to the guitarist's Speaking Of Now (Warner Bros., 2002). It has taken well over a decade for Vu to flip the table, putting Metheny in a role he is seldom seen in, that of a sideman. In fact, across almost fifty albums, the guitarist's non-leader entries could be counted on one hand. It speaks volumes about Metheny's regard for Vu and the results on Cuong Vu Trio ...

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

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One of the most distinctive jazz sounds to have appeared this millennium has been shaped by Cuong Vu. Beginning with his It's Mostly Residual (ArtistShare, 2005) through Vu-Tet (ArtistShare, 2007) and into Leaps of Faith, (Origin Records 2011), the modernistic and often plugged-in trumpeter has crafted an assault of sound: a thick, sludgy, glow-in-the-dark, pugnaciously percussive music that reaches out of the speakers and grabs you by the front of the shirt. Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny ...

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Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

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A good chunk of the jazz-consuming public first became aware of Cuong Vu's virtuoso trumpet playing via his work with the Pat Metheny Group during the 2000s. For those of us already familiar with Vu's work, the move seemed a bit out-of-character, as the young trumpeter was a prominent player in the hyper-adventurous downtown NYC scene that coalesced around the Knitting Factory. To some, Metheny was a part of the jazz establishment; the very thing that the Knitting Factory scene ...