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The Pat Metheny Group was an American jazz band founded in 1977. The core members of the group were guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny; and keyboardist and composer Lyle Mays, who was in the group at its inception. Other long-standing members included bassist and producer Steve Rodby, from 1981 to 2010, and Antonio Sanchez, from 2002 to 2010. Vocalist Pedro Aznar and drummer Paul Wertico were also long-time members. In addition to a core quartet, the group was often joined by a variety of other instrumentalists expanding the size to six or eight musicians.

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Article: Album Review

Ragawerk: Ragawerk

Read "Ragawerk" reviewed by Chris May


Fusions of jazz and Indian raga go back to the mid-1950s, when the London-based Indian composer John Mayer began experimenting with the concept and, in the early 1960s, went on to form Indo-Jazz Fusions with the alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Meanwhile, across the pond, John Coltrane became so fascinated with raga that he named his son ...

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Article: Album Review

Betty Accorsi Quartet: Growing Roots

Read "Growing Roots" reviewed by Chris May


The second album from Italian born, British based soprano saxophonist Betty (Elisabetta) Accorsi's quartet confirms what was already apparent on her debut, The Cutty Sark Suite (Betty Accorsi Music, 2020). That is, here is a young musician and composer of outstanding talent who is destined for the big stage. There is nothing radical ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982

Read "A nostalgic visit to early Jazz-Rock-Fusion 1973-1982" reviewed by Len Davis


A nostalgic trip to the years 1973-1982 with Pat Metheny Group, Weather Report, Brand X, Isotope, Didier Lockwood, Gary Boyle, Jean-Luc Ponty and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.Playlist Pat Metheny Group “The Epic" from American Garage (ECM) 00:00 Weather Report “Dara Factor One" from Weather Report (CBS) 09:41 Brand X “Dance Of The Illegal Aliens" from ...

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Article: Interview

Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse

Read "Ilaria Capalbo: In Fearless Pursuit Of Her Muse" reviewed by Ian Patterson


After years playing in different bands and drawing widespread praise for her lyricism and rhythmic agility, double bassist Ilaria Capalbo has stepped up to front her own project. The Neapolitan's debut album, Karthago (Bluenord Records, 2022), is a remarkable statement of intent. Inspired by the ancient Mediterranean city of Carthage and its near-mythical figurehead, queen Alyssia, ...

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Article: Interview

Phase Dancing: Gottlieb, Wertico, Sanchez—The Art of Drumming in the Pat Metheny Group

Read "Phase Dancing: Gottlieb, Wertico, Sanchez—The Art of Drumming in the Pat Metheny Group" reviewed by Joseph Vella


It was 1978 when I first heard “Phase Dance" on Bay Area jazz station KJAZ from a new band called the Pat Metheny Group (PMG). The music didn't just blow me away, it also spoke to me on such a deep level. Little did I know, it would stay with me forever. What the PMG did ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella

Read "The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


We've all witnessed how quickly the explosion of technology has changed life in recent years. Arguably, the internet has revolutionized every facet of our life, including how we consume music. We tend to think of technology as some faceless machine that continually churns forward and forget that behind it all are passionate individuals who are pioneering ...

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...

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Article: My Playlist

Hermon Mehari: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Hermon Mehari: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Logan Richardson, Afrofuturism, (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021). Forse il musicista che mi ha ispirato di più ha da poco pubblicato un disco eclettico. Mi piace il fatto che non abbia paura di abbracciare i suoni moderni e si senta libero di esprimersi come vuole. 2. Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um, (Columbia Records, ...

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Article: Interview

Francesca Remigi: impegno sociale, innovazione e crescita

Read "Francesca Remigi: impegno sociale, innovazione e crescita" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Il primo disco della batterista e compositrice Francesca Remigi, Il labirinto dei topi, realizzato insieme al gruppo Archipélagos è un progetto complesso e importante, in cui si osserva la società e si esprimono le sue profonde contraddizioni. La batterista di Bergamo ci fa ascoltare il deterioramento delle logiche capitalistiche, lo sfaldamento del sistema sociale e culturale ...


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