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, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau and Gil Goldstein, as well as a diverse range of other artists like Judy Niemack, Wallace Roney, Alex Sipiagin, Gilad Hekselman, Mark Murphy, Peo Alfonsi, Bela Fleck, Anne-Julie Caron, Mattia Zappa and Ivo Kova.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Judy Niemack "Talk Awhile (It's Just Talk)" New York Stories (with Jim McNeely & Danish Radio Big Band) (Sunnyside) 0:16
  • Host talks 7:17
  • Wallace Roney "Last to Know" Misterios (Warner) 9:17
  • Alex Sipiagin "Midwestern Night Dream" Images (TCB) 16:03
  • Host talks 23:13
  • Charlie Haden -Liberation Music Orchestra "This is not America" Not In Our Name (Verve) 25:12
  • Gilad Hekselman "Last Train Home" Homes (Jazz Village) 31:45
  • Mark Murphy "September Fifteenth" September Ballads (Milestone) 37:11
  • Host talks 43:09
  • Peo Alfonsi "So May It Secretly Begin" Change of Heart (Rip Curl) 44:27
  • Béla Fleck "Au Lait" Solo Banjo Works (New Rounder) 48:55
  • Julie Caron "Letter from Home" Le Rencontre (Atma) 51:58
  • Mattia Zappa, Ivo Kova "Something to Remind You" Vis-À-Vis (Universal) 54:11
  • Host talks 1:00:41
  • Brad Mehldau "42 Years" Various Artists -I Still Play (Nonesuch) 1:02:42
  • Gary Burton "Farmer's Trust" Cool Nights (GRP) 1:09:13
  • Host talks 1:15:51
  • Lyle Mays Quartet "Au Lait" The Ludwigsburg Concert (SWR Jazzhaus) 1:18:56
Photo credit: Andrea Rotili

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