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  Pat Metheny Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Core members of the group are guitarist and leader Pat Metheny, composer, keyboard player and pianist Lyle Mays, and bassist and producer Steve Rodby who joined in 1980.
Metheny's follow-up album formalized this arrangement, featuring several songs co-written with Mays; the album was released as the self-titled Pat Metheny Group on the ECM record label.
Metheny then again delved into adventurous solo and band projects, and four years went by before the release of the next record for the next Pat Metheny Group, a live set entitled The Road to You, which featured tracks from the two Geffen studio albums amongst new tunes.
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 Pat Metheny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Patrick Bruce Metheny (born 12 August 1954 in Lee's Summit, Missouri USA) is an American jazz guitarist and leader of the Pat Metheny Group.
Pat Martino had used the electric twelve-string guitar on a studio album, Desperado, and John McLaughlin had famously used a double-neck electric guitar as a sort of electric sitar, but Metheny was arguably the first significant user of the twelve-string electric in jazz.
Metheny's tone on six-string guitar is arguably copied more widely than that of any other jazz guitarist (including Wes Montgomery and Grant Green), although the copying is usually done by smooth jazz players instead of "serious" jazzers.
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 Pat Metheny Group Listener Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family.
Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.
Metheny’s body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
www.patmethenygroup.com /press_kit/pat_metheny/bio.cfm   (556 words)

 Pat_metheny_group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Edge of the Night : Pat Metheny was already garnering a freakishly huge fanbase when he released "Offramp" back in 1981.
How I Fell in Love With Pat Metheny : As a jazz guitarist I've felt that I had to like Pat Metheny, although for years I hated his playing and would turn to a Scofield or Frisell record.
At this stage, the Pat Metheny Group was a quintet with longtime partners Lyle Mays on piano, organ, and synthesizers.
music.mysic.com /Artist/Pat_Metheny_Group   (1070 words)

 Pat Metheny Group Listener Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
THE WAY UP is a single 68 minute long composition by Metheny and his longtime collaborator Lyle Mays that draws from the cumulative lessons learned throughout their nearly 30 years together as a band to deliver a record of unprecedented structural depth and boundless imagination.
Metheny offers,“There is a compositional integrity to the whole thing as a single piece.
Founded by Metheny in 1977, the group found early success through relentlessly touring the world and offering a fresh and new approach to the whole idea of what a jazz quartet could be.
www.patmethenygroup.com   (10484 words)

This new incarnation of the Pat Metheny Group has six amazing voices that spoke, in various arrangements of instrumentation, to the near capacity crowd at the majestic Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA for three hours on Friday night.
Pat's trademark "jump-hop" when he's hitting a string of notes is hilarious, you can really tell when the guy gets in the groove, and the ebullient expression of ecstatic adulation is escpecially excellent.
Pat was jamming and blazing new trails before it was cool to jam, combining synthetic fusion with a smattering of smootheness and a pinch of psychedelia to keep it unique.
www.jambase.com /headsup.asp?storyID=2166   (1210 words)

 Variety.com - Reviews - Pat Metheny Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
It is as challenging a composition as Metheny and his partner, pianist Lyle Mays have, produced in their 27 years together, revisiting as it does signature Metheny melodic ideas while stretching his concepts about harmonics, the use of minimalist repetition and the blend of improv and composition.
Much as Metheny is known for winding linear melodies, he has often ventured into rapid-fire, jagged improvs to break up the niceness of the music.
www.variety.com /av_result.asp?articleid=VE1117926472   (592 words)

 CD Review of Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up on Nonesuch @ jazzreview.com
On “The Way Up”, Pat’s in rare form, devouring the changes with patented abandon like they were an unexpected Thanksgiving meal on a deserted island as the group supports, interjects and builds the dynamic intensity over the long haul.
At times the group almost presents as a hybrid between the Metheny group and trio, which may not be that much a surprise considering how much time Pat spends on the road with the trio, also including Sanchez.
As far as the creation of the composition goes, Metheny articulates that he and co-writer Mays have gravitated towards longer forms, but nothing yet like this, “There is a compositional integrity to the whole thing as a single piece.
www.jazzreview.com /cdreview.cfm?ID=8286   (750 words)

 The Pat Metheny Group The Way Up Review By Scott Faller
Pat is actually the one that turned me onto modern Jazz as we now know it.
Pat is paired with one of his early mentors in the record industry, Robert Hurwitz.
Pat and Robert worked together for nine years back when Pat was with ECM in the late 70's and early 80's.
www.enjoythemusic.com /Magazine/music/0205/folk/metheny.htm   (1152 words)

 A&L Performing Arts News Release - The Pat Metheny Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pat Metheny is a fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner, having garnered an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.
Metheny has gone on to record over 25 albums in a variety of settings, from the fuller Pat Metheny Group, which always features keyboardist Lyle Mays, to trio work to a soundtrack for the film A Map of the World.
Metheny was one of the very first jazz musicians to treat the synthesizer as a serious musical instrument.
www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu /archive/2002-2003/pr/metheny.asp   (651 words)

 Pat Metheny - great jazz guitarists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Metheny (whose older brother is the trumpeter Mike Metheny) started on guitar when he was 13.
Metheny mostly avoided playing predictable music and his freelance projects were always quite interesting.
Among Metheny's other projects away from the group were a sideman recording with Sonny Rollins; a 1990 tour with Herbie Hancock in a quartet; a trio album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes; and a collaboration (and tour) with Joshua Redman.
www.playjazzguitar.com /pat_metheny.html   (559 words)

 PBS - Austin City Limits   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since its creation in 1977, the PMG has challenged the basic premise of what a modern day jazz group can be.
On the band’s newest album, Speaking of Now, Metheny, his longtime pianist/collaborator Lyle Mays and bassist and co-producer Steve Rodby are joined by new band members drummer Antonio Sanchez, trumpet player Cuong Vu and vocalist Richard Bona.
The Pat Metheny Group is known for their outstanding musicianship and improvisational skills.
www.pbs.org /klru/austin/artists/program435.html   (368 words)

 Pat Metheny Group in Potsdam, NY
Metheny appeared on stage alone with his baritone guitar, and proceeded to layer a solo version of “This is Not America” over it.
What is always astounding about the players Metheny finds for his group is their ability to transform into strong multi-instrumentalists; and while none of these additional instruments are as strong as their main axes, they manage to be completely convincing.
The second half of the concert was an interesting blend of subsets of the group — duos, trios, quartets — culminating in full group performances for the end of the show.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=16589   (1624 words)

 PAT METHENY GROUP -- State Theater
PAT METHENY GROUP -- State Theater New Brunswick, NJ As I walked into the State Theater and heard the sounds of Miles Davis' classic album, In a Silent Way, I knew this was going to be a good night.
Metheny and his band captivated the audience for a full two and a half hours.
Metheny laughed, "that increases the odds by seven that I'll play a right note." As the song built to its crescendo, the rest of the band joined him onstage and launched into the fast C minor blues, "Have You Heard." Used by the band to 'loosen up,' this tune has become a Metheny standard.
www.thenightowl.com /reviews/methlive.htm   (605 words)

 Straight.com Vancouver | Concert Reviews | Pat Metheny Group
One of the better ideas I’ve had lately was to get Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis together for a roundtable discussion on the state of jazz today.
Arguing a different view would be Metheny, a very electric guitarist whose opinion is that jazz embraces the whole world and whose touring septet encompasses three Caucasian-Americans, a Vietnamese-American, a Mexican, a native of Switzerland, and a Brazilian.
The piece, which Metheny and band played in its entirety—and from memory—involves very little improvisation; instead, it’s a kind of a suite of linked passages that are at once formidably dense and attractively dreamlike.
www.straight.com /content.cfm?id=8445   (400 words)

 Pat Metheny Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This is guitar whiz Metheny's first solo outing which showcases the full spectrum of his guitar technique.
Metheny plays six- and 12-string guitar along with acoustic and 15-string harp guitars, plus electric bass resulting in a one-man show.
With a guitar strung to his heart, Metheny employs an excellent combination of technical gifts and soul to set the standard by which othe fusion artists are measured, and the delicate interplay between the seminal drummer and keyboardist Lyle Mays makes this dreamy disc worth listening to over and over again.
www.superseventies.com /spmethenypat.html   (181 words)

 Pat Metheny Group Heats Up Toronto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Following its Buffalo appearance, the Pat Metheny Group performed its second concert of the anticipated world tour before a capacity crowd at the Hummingbird Center in Toronto on February 18.
As is customary in a live group performance, Pat Metheny uses various types of guitars and will switch from one to the other frequently.
Metheny also included smaller formations such as his duet with Antonio Sanchez which, similar to the previous world tour, added a hint of the guitarist’s enjoyment of performing in his trio formations.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=16645   (697 words)

 SoundStage! Pat Metheny Group & John Scofield
Metheny, with various incarnations of the Pat Metheny Group, which has taken on Vietnamese music, drum and bass, hip hop and its trademark flying-across-the-cornfields super time-traveling space bop.
While many listeners simply ignore Metheny, he never fails to turn in atmospheric tunes with blazing solos, and his records are very well recorded with huge soundstages.
Similar to earlier albums such as Bright Size Life or the debut PMG album, Speaking shows Metheny free of embellishment, with a dynamite band navigating his new tunes, which are influenced by a variety of Latin influences.
www.soundstage.com /music/reviews/rev401.htm   (511 words)

 PAT METHENY GROUP -- Imaginary Day (Warner Brothers)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
One of the many highlights on the CD (and Metheny's favorite) is "The Roots of Coincidence." This song rocks unusually hard for a Pat Metheny tune.
Metheny slows things down a bit after that with the quiet, introspective ballad, "Too Soon Tomorrow," and then brings the CD to a close with "The Awakening," and another great solo from Mays.
Imaginary Day may or may not win new fans for the group, but those who have appreciated his music in the past are sure to enjoy his new release.
www.thenightowl.com /reviews/imagnry.htm   (509 words)

 Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden
Pat Metheny was born in 1954 near Kansas City, Missouri.
Since then, Pat has been considered one of the most innovative jazz musicians and composers who is not afraid of embracing other genres.
Metheny began the evening with an almost mind-expanding solo on his guitar, after which he was joined by bassist Charlie Haden.
www.cosmopolis.ch /english/cosmo8/patmetheny.htm   (1416 words)

 Plan 9 - Pat Metheny Group : The Way Up *   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pat Metheny Group: Richard Bona (vocals); Pat Metheny (guitar); Gregoire Maret (harmonica); Cuong Vu (trumpet); Lyle Mays (keyboard); Steve Rodby (bass instrument); Antonio Sanchez (drums).^Producers: Pat Metheny; Steve Rodby; Lyle Mays.^Recording information: New York, New York.^Guitarist Pat Metheny has been working with long song forms since his career began in the 1970s.
One composition split into four sections, this album just may be Metheny's most ambitious work to date.^Collaborating with longtime associates Lyle Mays (keyboards), Steve Rodby (bass), and a host of newer PMG members, Metheny embarks on a 68-minute sonic journey.
Much of this is due to Metheny's newest asset, harmonica player Gregoire Maret, who contributes greatly to this bold work's development.
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 Ottawa Jazz Festival : :   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Founded by Metheny in 1977, the Pat Metheny Group has released 12 studio albums and has travelled the world, playing at concerts, festivals and clubs in more than 40 countries.
Their recently released studio album, The Way Up, is a single 68 minute long composition by Metheny and his long time collaborator, Lyle Mays, that draws from the cumulative lessons learned throughout their nearly 30 years together as a band to deliver a record of unprecedented structural depth and boundless imagination.
The PMG also consists of bassist Steve Rodby, trumpet player Cuong Vu, drummer Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Nando Lauria and Gregoire Maret on harmonica.
www.ottawajazzfestival.com /en/events/patmetheny   (231 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Music: The Way Up   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For nearly 30 years, guitarist Pat Metheny and his long-time musical cohort, pianist/keyboardist Lyle Mays, have covered an incredible amount of diverse material.
After 2002's "Speaking of Now" - surely the most dull, lifeless and unmemorable PMG group release ever - my expectations were not high that Pat Metheny and co-writer Lyle Mays could recapture the PMG magic shown in earlier classic albums.
Metheny, as ever, is the guiding light; Mays' piano and keyboards, on this recording, are more subtle and less to the fore.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006M4SO6   (1395 words)

 Pat Metheny Group, "Imaginary Day"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pat Metheny Group, "Imaginary Day" (Warner Bros.) -- Guitarist Pat Metheny's place in the musical spectrum can always spark an argument.
I say, since Metheny's played with some of the world's best jazz musicians, including bassist Charlie Haden on their Grammy-winning "Beyond the Missouri Sky," he is a jazz guy.
The title track was inspired by a trip to Indonesia, while "The Roots of Coincidence" has its roots in modern thrash metal.
www.jamwest.org /reviews/methany.htm   (188 words)

 Pat Metheny Group Live In London, May 1998
The Pat Metheny Group played 3 sell-out concerts at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London from May 8th to May 10th 1998 as part of their Imaginary Day World Tour.
But although Metheny's records sound great and sell well - turnover of his latest, Imaginary Day, currently stands at about 400,00 copies worldwide - it is in concert that he fully emerges as the rounded performer that he is.
But it was the sheer zest of Metheny's performance, as well as his perfectionist zeal, that shone through.
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 Pat Metheny Group provides emotionally-charged ride - The Daily Orange - Feature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pat Metheny Group's first album of 2002, "Speaking Of Now," adds three new musicians to the usual trio of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby, to expand the horizons of a group that has been redefining contemporary jazz since their 1978 self-titled work.
Cuong Vu is an innovative and dynamic musician that brings an extraordinary trumpet and vocals to the group.
Dropping the bass he is known for, Bona brings a rich voice and percussion to the group.
www.dailyorange.com /news/2002/03/26/Feature/Pat-Metheny.Group.Provides.EmotionallyCharged.Ride-223113.shtml   (320 words)

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