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Pat Metheny

Background information
Born August 12, 1954 (1954-08-12) (age 53)
Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States
Genre(s) Progressive jazz
Jazz fusion
Post bop
Contemporary jazz
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1974 - present
Website Official Website
Notable instrument(s)
Gibson ES-175
Roland GR-300
Ibanez PM20 Signature Model

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Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lee's Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lees Summit is a city in Jackson County and Cass County, Missouri. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ...


One of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz musicians to come to prominence in the 1970s and '80s, he is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, post-Bop, jazz-rock fusion, and folk-jazz.[1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In popular music, a side-project is a project undertaken by one (or several) person already known for their involvement in another band. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ...

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Biography

Metheny was born and raised in Lee's Summit, Missouri, a suburb south-east of Kansas City. Following his graduation from Lee's Summit High School, he briefly attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. After Metheny withdrew from the University of Miami in his first semester, he was offered a teaching position. This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Miami-Dade Government  - Mayor Don Slesnick Area  - City 96. ...


Metheny came onto the jazz scene in 1975 when he joined vibraphonist Gary Burton's band and recorded Bright Size Life with bassist Jaco Pastorius and drummer Bob Moses. Gary Burton (born on 23 January 1943 in Anderson, Indiana) is a jazz vibraphone player, known for developing the then-innovative technique of playing the instrument with four mallets, rather than the usual two. ... John Francis Anthony Jaco Pastorius III (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his virtuosity of the fretless bass,[1][2] as well as his command of varied musical styles. ...


Metheny's next recording, 1977's Watercolors, was the first to feature pianist Lyle Mays, Metheny's most frequent collaborator. Metheny's next album formalized this partnership and began the Pat Metheny Group, featuring several songs co-written with Mays; the album was released as the self-titled Pat Metheny Group on the ECM record label. Pat Metheny also has released notable solo, trio, quartet and duet recordings with musicians such as Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pedro Aznar, Jaco Pastorius, Charlie Haden, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Bill Stewart, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, Joni Mitchell and many others. Watercolors is Pat Methenys second album, released in 1977. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... Pat Metheny Group is the first album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1978. ... ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. ... Jim Hall is a programmer for the FreeDOS project and the original developer of the GNU Robots program. ... Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a jazz bassist and composer. ... He is equally adept at gracefully backing a singer like Sarah Vaughan or in explosive interactions with the likes of John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Eric Dolphy, or Andrew Hill. ... Gary Burton (born on 23 January 1943 in Anderson, Indiana) is a jazz vibraphone player, known for developing the then-innovative technique of playing the instrument with four mallets, rather than the usual two. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... This article needs translation. ... John Francis Anthony Jaco Pastorius III (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his virtuosity of the fretless bass,[1][2] as well as his command of varied musical styles. ... Charles Edward Haden (born August 6, 1937) is a jazz double bassist, probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman. ... John Scofield (born December 26, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio)[1] is an American jazz guitarist and composer, who played and eventually collaborated with Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, and other important artists. ... Jack DeJohnette (b. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Bill Stewart William Harris Bill Stewart (born October 18, 1966, Des Moines, Iowa) is an American jazz drummer. ... Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. ... Brad Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ...


Pat Metheny has also joined projects such as Song X with Ornette Coleman; Parallel Realities; and Jazz Baltica, with Ulf Wakenius and other Nordic Jazz players and plays with some great female musicians such as Silje Nergaard on Tell Me Where You're Going (1990), Noa on Noa (1994) and Anna Maria Jopek on Upojenie (2002). Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Anna Maria Jopek (born 14 December 1970 in Warsaw) is a Polish musician and singer. ...


Pat Metheny has been touring for more than 30 years, averaging 120-240 concerts a year. Metheny has written over 200 pieces and continues to push musical limits in both his composition and performance.


Pat Metheny Group

Main article: Pat Metheny Group

The Pat Metheny Group is a jazz band founded in 1977. The first Pat Metheny Group release, 1978's "Pat Metheny Group", featured the writing duo of Pat Metheny and pianist Lyle Mays, a collaboration which would span over 25 years and 15 albums. The recording featured the bass playing of Jaco Pastorius bass protégé Mark Egan. The second group album, American Garage (1980), was a breakout hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and crossing over onto the pop charts as well, largely on the strength of the up-tempo opening track "(Cross the) Heartland" which would become a signature tune for the group. This early incarnation of the group included Dan Gottlieb (drums) and Mark Egan (bass). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Pat Metheny Group is the first album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1978. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... John Francis Anthony Jaco Pastorius III (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his virtuosity of the fretless bass,[1][2] as well as his command of varied musical styles. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... American Garage is the second album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1980. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


The group built upon its success through constant touring across the USA and Europe. The early group featured a unique sound, particularly due to Metheny's Gibson ES-175 guitar and Mays' Oberheim and Sequential Circuits Prophet V synthesizers and Steinway piano. Even in this early state the band played in a wide range of styles from folk to rock to experimental. Metheny later started working with the Roland GR300 guitar synthesizer and the Synclavier guitar system made by New England Digital. Mays expanded his setup with the Synclavier keyboard and later with many other synthesizers. The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is one of the worlds best-known manufacturers of acoustic and electric guitars. ... Oberheim Electronics is a company, founded in 1973 by Tom Oberheim (a former design engineer at Maestro), which manufactured audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments. ... Sequential Circuits Inc. ... Steinway & Sons is a piano manufacturing firm, currently based in New York and Hamburg, Germany. ... Roland Corporation ) TYO: 7944 is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. ... A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitar player to play synthesizers. ... Synclavier I The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer and sampler, manufactured by New England Digital. ... New England Digital Corp. ... Synclavier I The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer and sampler, manufactured by New England Digital. ...


From 1982 to 1985 the Pat Metheny Group released Offramp (1982), a live set Travels (1983), and First Circle (1984), as well as The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), a soundtrack album for the movie of the same name in which they collaborated with David Bowie. Offramp marked the first appearance of bassist Steve Rodby (replacing Mark Egan) and Brazilian "guest artist" Nana Vasconcelos whose work on percussion and wordless vocals marked the first addition of Latin music shadings to the Group's sound, a trend which would continue and intensify on First Circle with the addition of Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Pedro Aznar, which also marked the group debut of drummer Paul Wertico (replacing Danny Gottlieb) - both Rodby and Wertico were members of the Fred Simon Group at the time, and had played in Simon-Bard as well, in Chicago, before joining Metheny. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Offramp is the third album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1982. ... Travels is the Pat Metheny Groups first live album, released in 1983. ... First Circle is a Grammy Award winning album by the Pat Metheny Group released in 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Bassist Steve Rodby was born in December of 1954 in Joliet, Illinois. ... Nana Vasconcelos (02 August 1944 - ) is a brazilian percussionist, who specialized in the 60s in the Berimbau. ... This article needs translation. ... Paul Wertico (born January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz drummer. ... Fred Simon (keyboardist)-Keyboardist in jazz and New Age music. ...


This period became a peak of commercial popularity of the band, especially for the live recording Travels. First Circle would also be Metheny's last project with the ECM label; Metheny had been a key artist for ECM but left over conceptual disagreements with label founder Manfred Eicher. The next three Pat Metheny Group releases would be based around a further intensification of the Brazilian rhythms first heard in the early 1980s. Additional Latin musicians appear as guests, notably Brazilian percussion player Armando Marçal. Still Life (Talking) (1987) was the Group's first release on new label Geffen Records, and featured several popular tracks. ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969 by Manfred Eicher, who has continued to take an active interest in the music released by the label, acting as producer on most of its recordings. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ...


The album's first tune, "Minuano (Six Eight)," represents a good example of the Pat Metheny group compositional style from this period: the track starts with a haunting minor section from Mays, lifts off in a trademark Metheny jubilant major-key melody, leading to a metric and harmonically-modulated interlude creating suspense which is finally resolved in the original major theme. Another popular highlight was "Last Train Home", a rhythmically relentless piece evoking the American Midwest. The 1989 release Letter from Home continued this approach, even more relentlessly Latin, in its bossa and samba pieces. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


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. The group integrated new instrumentation and technologies into its work, notably Mays' unique playing technique accomplished by adding midi-controlled synth sounds at command during acoustic solos via a pedal on the piano.


Mays and Metheny themselves refer to the following three Pat Metheny Group releases as the triptych: We Live Here (1995), Quartet (1996), and Imaginary Day (1997). Moving away from the Latin style which had dominated the releases of the previous 10 years, these albums were the most wide-ranging and least commercial Group releases, including experimentations with hip-hop drum loops, free-form improvisation on acoustic instruments, and symphonic signatures, blues and sonata schemes. We Live Here is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1995 by Geffen Records. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Imaginary Day is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1997 by Warner Bros. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


After another hiatus, the Pat Metheny Group re-emerged in 2002 with the release Speaking of Now, another change in direction adding musicians to the band who are one generation younger and thus grew up with the Pat Metheny Group. The new members on the bandstand are the drummer Antonio Sanchez from Mexico City, trumpet player Cuong Vu and bassist, vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist Richard Bona from Cameroon. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Speaking of Now is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2002 by Warner Bros. ... Richard Bona Richard Bona is a jazz musicican and bassist, was born in 1967 in Minta, in Cameroun, into a family of musicians. ...


The latest release, 2005's The Way Up, is another large concept record which consists of one 68 minute-long piece (although split into four sections solely for CD navigation), a tightly organized, but not through-composed piece based on a pair of three-note kernels: The opening B, A#, F# and the derived B, A, F#. The reception of The Way Up was consistent, with standing ovations in each of the almost 90 concerts during the world tour 2005. On The Way Up, harmonica player Grégoire Maret from Switzerland was introduced as a new group member, while Richard Bona contributed only as a guest musician. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Way Up is the Grammy award winning thirteenth album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. ... Through-composed music is music which is relatively continous, non-sectional, and/or non-repetitive. ...


During the world tour Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Nando Lauria completed the line-up of the PMG. The Way Up was released through Nonesuch Records and all of Metheny's Geffen and Warner Brothers back catalogue is to be released on the label. Core members of the group are leader and founder, guitarist Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards) and Steve Rodby (double and electric bass) who joined in 1980. Drummer Paul Wertico, replacing Dan Gottlieb in 1984, played with the Group for more than 18 years, until he was replaced by Antonio Sanchez, currently also a member of The Pat Metheny Trio. Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... Bassist Steve Rodby was born in December of 1954 in Joliet, Illinois. ... Paul Wertico (born January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz drummer. ... Antonio Sanchez might refer to: Tony Sanchez, Texas businessman and former gubernatorial candidate. ...


The current Pat Metheny Group members are Pat Metheny (guitars), Lyle Mays (piano and keyboards), Steve Rodby (double bass, electric bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Cuong Vu (trumpet). Other musicians that have been hired regularly for Metheny Group tours are: Mark Ledford (vocals, trumpet, guitar); David Blamires (vocals, miscellaneous instruments); Armando Marçal (percussion); Pedro Aznar (vocals, guitar, percussion); Richard Bona (vocals, guitar, bass & percussion). On the most recent tour to promote the record 'The Way Up', Grégoire Maret (harmonica, percussion, vocals) and Nando Lauria (guitar, percussion, vocals) joined the Group. Pat Metheny has collected 17 Grammy Awards with, as part of The Pat Metheny Group, ten consecutive Grammys. Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... Bassist Steve Rodby was born in December of 1954 in Joliet, Illinois. ... Antonio Sanchez might refer to: Tony Sanchez, Texas businessman and former gubernatorial candidate. ... Cuong Vu (b. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Pat Metheny and the audience salute his band after performing 'The Way Up' in Brighton, England, in June 2005

ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 569 KB) Summary Photo of the Pat Metheny Group taken in Brighton, England in 2005, by the contributor. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 569 KB) Summary Photo of the Pat Metheny Group taken in Brighton, England in 2005, by the contributor. ...

Side Projects

When working outside of the confines of the PMG, Metheny has shown different sides to his musical personality. Working with established jazz figures such as Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, David Sanchez and Roy Haynes, he has made records that have found favor with jazz critics that were disparaging of the "pastoral" or "light rock" aspects of his work with the PMG. Projects like the collaboration with Derek Bailey and Zero Tolerance for Silence have confounded critics who saw Metheny as following a path of increasing blandness with the PMG. Metheny's latest side projects teams him with Brad Mehldau and his Trio. Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949 – January 13th, 2007) was a popular US jazz saxophonist and composer. ... Charles Edward Haden (born August 6, 1937) is a jazz double bassist, probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman. ... James Stanley Hall (born December 4, 1930, Buffalo, New York) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a jazz bassist and composer. ... Christian McBride (born May 31, 1972, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a jazz bassist. ... He is equally adept at gracefully backing a singer like Sarah Vaughan or in explosive interactions with the likes of John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Eric Dolphy, or Andrew Hill. ... Derek Bailey pictured at the Vortex Club, Stoke Newington, 1991. ... Zero Tolerance for Silence is a controversial 1994 album by American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. ...


Guitar Contributions

Continuing the tradition of jazz guitarists borrowing tones and techniques from their rock counterparts, Metheny has made alterations to the jazz guitar tone palette.


Twelve-String Electric Guitar

Prior to Metheny, Pat Martino had used the electric twelve-string guitar on a studio album, Desperado, and John McLaughlin had used a double-neck electric guitar with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. (Ralph Towner had introduced the acoustic twelve-string to jazz. [citation needed]) Metheny introduced alternate 12-string tunings to jazz[citation needed]; these can be heard on tunes such as "Sirabhorn" (from Bright Size Life) and San Lorenzo (from Pat Metheny Group and Travels). Pat Martino (born Pat Azzara, August 25, 1944, in South Philadelphia) is a world-renowned Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer. ... The twelve string guitar is an acoustic or electric guitar with twelve strings, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six string guitar. ... John McLaughlin John McLaughlin (aka pinyon)(born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. ... The original lineup in 1972, featuring Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer and Rick Laird. ... Ralph Towner (b. ...


Six-String Electric Guitar

Metheny's tone, which has evolved over the years, involves using the natural full-frequency response of his hollow-body guitar, combined with high-midrange settings on his amplifier to create a smooth, sustaining lead sound that is virtually devoid of piercing treble yet is able to cut through a dense mix. By using digital signal processing that involves digital delay and reverb, he has created a big, rich, and resonant instrumental voice. Digital signal processing (DSP) is the study of signals in a digital representation and the processing methods of these signals. ...


Guitar Synthesizer

Metheny was also one of the first jazz guitarists to make heavy use of the Roland GR300 Guitar Synthesizer. While John Abercrombie and Bill Frisell also used it heavily in the 1980s, Metheny is the only one of the three who still uses the instrument on a regular basis. Unlike many guitar synth users, Metheny limits himself to a very small number of sounds; in interviews, he has argued that each of the timbres achievable through guitar synthesis should be treated as a separate instrument, and that he has tried to master each of these "instruments" instead of using it for incidental color. Roland Corporation ) TYO: 7944 is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. ... A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitarist to play synthesizers. ... John Abercrombie (b. ... William Richard Bill Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is a North American jazz guitarist, progressive folk musician and composer. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


42-String Pikasso Guitar

Pikasso I

Metheny plays a custom-made Pikasso I created by Canadian luthier Linda Manzer on "Into the Dream" and on the albums Quartet, Imaginary Day, Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, Trio->Live, and the Speaking of Now Live and Imaginary Day DVDs. Metheny has also used the guitar in his guest appearances on other artist's albums. Image File history File links Pikasso_I.jpg Pikasso I 42-string guitar, built for and used by Pat Metheny. ... Image File history File links Pikasso_I.jpg Pikasso I 42-string guitar, built for and used by Pat Metheny. ... A custom made instrument is a musical instrument that is considered to be of ones own design and/or a modification or extension of a defined guideline of a certain instrument. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... An engravers impression of Antonio Stradivari examining an instrument. ... Linda Manzer is a Canadian luthier reknowned for her archtop and flat-top acoustic guitars. ...


Manzer has also made many acoustic guitars for Metheny, including a mini guitar, an acoustic sitar guitar, and also the baritone guitar, which Metheny used for the recording of One Quiet Night. His latest use of the Pikasso is found on the album Metheny Mehldau Quartet, his second collaboration with pianist Brad Mehldau and his trio sidemen Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard; the Pikasso is featured on Metheny's impressionistic composition "The Sound of Water." Mustapick Deep Baritone Guitar The baritone guitar is a variation on the standard guitar, with a longer scale length that allows it to be tuned to a lower range. ... Metheny Mehldau Quartet is a jazz album released in 2007 by Nonesuch Records, and a collaboration between guitarist/composer Pat Metheny, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and Mehldaus two trio men, drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier. ... Brad Mehldau (born August 23, 1970) is an American jazz pianist. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Jeffrey Scott Ballard (born August 13, 1963 in Billings, Montana) was a Major League Baseball Pitcher from 1987 to 1994. ...


Influences

As a guitarist, Metheny cites Wes Montgomery as his biggest early influence. His playing (as well as his tone) also show significant influence by Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, and other classic jazz players. Metheny has often been quoted saying that he is as likely to name non-guitarists as significant stylistic influences as fellow guitar players, giving as examples players like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane. He has paid significant attention to the evolution of guitar playing across genres, however, and is familiar with the playing of notables from the likes of rocker Eddie Van Halen to Windham Hill artist Leo Kottke. John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ... James Stanley Hall (born December 4, 1930, Buffalo, New York) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Kenneth Earl Burrell (born July 31, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua, January 13, 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, died May 23, 1994, Los Angeles, California), was a jazz guitarist. ... Edward Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955[1] in Nijmegen, Netherlands), is a guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... Leo Kottke (born on 11 September 1945 in Athens, Georgia, USA, North America) is an acoustic guitarist. ...


In particular, he has been influenced by Brazilian music--both the European-influenced jazz sound of the bossa nova and the intensely polyrhythmic Afro-Brazilian sounds of the country's northeast. Metheny has lived in Brazil and performed with several local musicians such as Milton Nascimento and Toninho Horta. He is also a fan of several pop music artists, including The Beatles, James Taylor, after whom he named the song "James" on "Offramp", and Joni Mitchell, with whom he performed on her Shadows and Light tour. Strong influences on the music of Brazil come from Africa, India, Portugal and the natives of the Amazon rainforest and of other parts of the country. ... For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... Milton Nascimento (born 26 October 1942) is a singer-songwriter who is considered one of the icons of Brazilian Music. ... Toninho Horta, guitar player and violinist, plays eclectic music and has a recent CD Com o Pé no Forró with Dominguinhos and other musicians. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Shadows and Light is Joni Mitchells 1980 double live album, recorded at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in September 1979 on the Mingus tour. ...


Metheny has also named Ornette Coleman as a musical influence. He has recorded Coleman compositions on a number of his records (starting with a medley of "Round Trip" and "Broadway Blues" on his debut Bright Size Life); worked extensively with Coleman collaborators such as Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, and Billy Higgins; and has even made a record, Song X, with Coleman. Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. ... Charles Edward Haden (born August 6, 1937) is a jazz double bassist, probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Billy Higgins (October 11, 1936–May 3, 2001) was an American jazz drummer. ...


The Metheny Brothers

Pat took part in recording some of the CDs by his elder brother, trumpeter Mike Metheny [1], a talented jazz musician and a trumpet player based in Kansas City, Missouri, among them Day In - Night Out (1986) and more recently Close Enough for Love (2001).


Discography

This is a discography of works by Pat Metheny. ...

References

  1. ^ Allmusic.com article on Metheny

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Metheny's next album formalized this partnership and began the Pat Metheny Group, featuring several songs co-written with Mays; the album was released as the self-titled Pat Metheny Group on the ECM record label.
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 with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, but Metheny was a significant user of the twelve-string electric in jazz.
Metheny's tone, which has evolved over the years, involves using the natural full-frequency response of his hollow-body guitar, combined with high-midrange settings on his amplifier to create a smooth, sustaining lead sound that is virtually devoid of piercing treble yet is able to cut through a dense mix.
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