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Steve Rodby


Acoustic and electric bassist, audio and video editor and producer Steve Rodby was born in Joliet, Illinois. He began studying classical orchestral bass at age 10, and quickly developed parallel interests in pop and jazz. A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical bass performance, Steve spent many years as a multi-style studio musician on both acoustic and electric bass in Chicago recording studios, while also playing with the leading contemporary classical chamber music group in the city, the University of Chicago's CCP. Playing regularly at the Jazz Showcase also gave him the opportunity to play with numerous jazz masters


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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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Pat Metheny Group

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The Pat Metheny Group (PMG) was an American jazz fusion band founded in 1977 by guitarist and composer {{m: Pat Metheny = 9350}} along with his core collaborating member keyboardist and composer {{m: Lyle Mays = 9197}}. Other long-standing members included bassist and producer {{m: Steve Rodby = 51735}} (1981 to 2010) who replaced original bassist {{m: Mark Egan = 13882}}, and drummer {{m: Paul Wertico = 13447}} (1983 to 2001) who replaced original drummer {{m: Danny Gottlieb = 7141}}, after which {{m: Antonio Sanchez = 15301}} became the drummer (2002 to 2010). Argentine vocalist {{m: Pedro Aznar = 136739}} was also a long-time member, performing with the group from 1984 to 1993. 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, including award-winning Brazilian percussionist and vocalist {{m: Nana Vasconcelos = 11030}}. The group won 11 Grammy awards for Best Jazz Fusion & Contemporary Jazz before disbanding in 2010. In fact, PMG is the only ensemble in history to win seven consecutive Grammy awards for seven consecutive releases.

In 1977, bassist Mark Egan joined Metheny, Mays, and Gottlieb to form the Pat Metheny Group. ECM released the album Pat Metheny Group in 1978 with songs co-written by Metheny and Mays. Pat Metheny Group marked Mays' first use of the Oberheim synthesizer, which became an integral part of the Group's sound. Their 1979 album, American Garage, and 1982's Offramp both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz LPs chart. 



Label: New Origins Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Game Changer; Metamorphosis (Intro); Metamorphosis; Into the Dazzling Darkness (Intro); Into the Dazzling Darkness; Morning Angels (Intro); Morning Angels; Once in a Dark Night; Sarum; Magical Space; Soliloquy.



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Eberhard.


Song of the Day

Game Changer

Label: New Origins Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 07:46


Article: Album Review

Lyle Mays: Eberhard

Read "Eberhard" reviewed by John Kelman

When pianist, keyboardist, synthesist and composer Lyle Mays passed away at the far too young age of 66 following a long battle with a recurring (but, to this day, undisclosed) illness in February 2020, it was a major loss for his fans. It was an especially deep body blow to those who'd followed his decades-long work ...


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Lyle Mays Goes Solo

Read "Lyle Mays Goes Solo" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 2001. What if you were to look beyond the obvious of what you normally do each day, and you learned to see beyond? What if your mind, and ears were always open yet you stayed deeply focused and unwavering from ...


Article: Album Review

Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a full six years since Pat Metheny last released a studio recording. This, despite the guitarist who has become, in a career now in the midst of its fifth decade, one of the most famous and influential jazz guitarists of his (or, some would argue, any) generation, reportedly having enough material in the can ...


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Marbin: Goat Man & The House of the Dead

Read "Goat Man & The House of the Dead" reviewed by Dave Wayne

It's truly been fun to watch Marbin grow and develop over the past few years. Their eponymous, self- released debut album, from way back in 2009, was a duet affair with the two principals--saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin--plying their talents on a clutch of brief and very intricate instrumentals. Sounding at times like an ...


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