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Encyclopedia > Pat Metheny Group
Pat Metheny Group
Background information
Genre(s) Jazz fusion
Years active 1977 - present
Label(s) ECM, Geffen, Nonesuch, Warner Bros
Website www.patmethenygroup.com
Members
Nando Lauria, Grégoire Maret, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby, Antonio Sanchez, Cuong Vu
Former members
Pedro Aznar, David Blamires, Richard Bona, Luis Conte, Mark Egan, Dan Gottlieb, Mark Ledford, Armando Marcal, Nana Vasconcelos, Paul Wertico

The Pat Metheny Group is a jazz fusion band founded in 1977. The core members of the group are guitarist and bandleader Pat Metheny, composer, keyboardist and pianist Lyle Mays (who was part of the group's inception in 1977), and bassist and producer Steve Rodby (joined in 1980). Other long-standing members include Paul Wertico who was the drummer for 18 years. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... 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, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. ... 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. ... Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Bassist Steve Rodby was born in December of 1954 in Joliet, Illinois. ... Antonio Sanchez (born November 1, 1971) is a drummer. ... Cuong Vu (b. ... This article needs translation. ... Vocalist and composer David Blamires is a native of Toronto, Canada, and is one of Canadas most versatile and sought after session musicians. ... Richard Bona Richard Bona is a jazz musicican and bassist, was born in 1967 in Minta, in Cameroun, into a family of musicians. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Danny Gottlieb (born 1953) is a freelance drummer who has performed as part of the Pat Metheny Group and Mahavishnu Orchestra. ... Mark Ledford (born 1960, dead 1 November 2004, in Los Angeles) was an American trumpet player, vocalist, guitarist and drummer. ... Nana Vasconcelos (02 August 1944 - ) is a brazilian percussionist, who specialized in the 60s in the Berimbau. ... Paul Wertico (born January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz drummer. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... 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, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... 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. ...

Contents

History

1970s

Pat Metheny Group (album) (1978), the band's first release.
Pat Metheny Group (album) (1978), the band's first release.

Founder Pat Metheny first appeared on the jazz fusion scene in the mid-1970s with a pair of solo albums; the latter of these, 1977's Watercolors, featured keyboard player Lyle Mays. With the joining of bass player Mark Egan in 1977, the Pat Metheny Group had been formed. Metheny's follow-up album formalized the relationship, and featured several songs co-written with Mays; the album was released in 1978 as the self-titled Pat Metheny Group on the ECM label. 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 an early signature tune for the group. This first incarnation of the group included Danny Gottleib (drums) and Mark Egan (bass). The group built upon its success through lengthy tours in the USA and Europe. The early group featured a unique sound, particularly due to Metheny's Gibson ES-175 guitar and Mays' Oberheim synthesizer and Yamaha Organ. Even in this early state the band played in a wide range of styles from experimental to grassroots. Later on, Metheny began working with the Roland GR300 guitar synthesizer and the Synclavier System made by New England Digital, while Mays expanded his setup with the Prophet 5 synthesizer made by Sequential Circuits, and later with many other synthesizers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Pat Metheny Group is the first album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1978. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Watercolors is Pat Methenys second album, released in 1977. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article is about the American musical instrument manufacturer. ... The ES-175, next to the L5, is the most famous jazz guitar in history. ... Roland Corporation ) TYO: 7944 is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. ... Synclavier I The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer and sampler, manufactured by New England Digital. ... New England Digital Corp. ... The Prophet 5 was an analog synthesizer manufactured by Sequential Circuits in San Jose, California between 1978 and 1984. ... Sequential Circuits Inc. ...


1980s

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. The latter featured the song This Is Not America, a collaboration with David Bowie. Offramp marked the first recorded appearance of bassist Steve Rodby in the group (replacing Mark Egan), and also featured Brazilian "guest artist" Nana Vasconcelos. Vasconcelos had appeared on the Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays album As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, and his work on percussions and wordless vocals marked the first addition of Latin-South American music shadings to the Group's sound. Offramp was also the group's first recording to win a Grammy award, marking the start of more-or-less unbroken series of wins [1] for the group, up to and including their latest release The Way Up, which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The South American influence would continue and intensify on First Circle with the addition of Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Pedro Aznar. First Circle also marked the group debut of drummer Paul Wertico (replacing Danny Gottlieb). This period saw the commercial popularity of the band increase, especially thanks to 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Travels is the Pat Metheny Groups first live album, released in 1983. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance was awarded from 1980 to 1991. ... The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 film about two young American men who sold U.S. security secrets to the Soviet Union. ... This is Not America is song from the soundtrack to the film The Falcon and the Snowman , and is a result of a collaboration between rock singer David Bowie and the jazz fusion Pat Metheny Group. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) 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. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album has been presented since 1992. ... This article needs translation. ... 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. ...


Then next three Pat Metheny Group releases would be based around a further intensification of the Brazilian rhythms first heard in the early '80s. Additional South American musicians appear as guests, notably Brazilian percussion player Armando Marcal. Still Life (Talking), (1987) was the Group's first release on new label (Geffen Records), and featured several tracks which have long been popular with the group's followers, and which are still in their setlist. In particular, 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 typical Methenian jubilant major melody, leading to a Maysian metric and harmonically-modulated interlude, creating suspense which is finally resolved in the Methenian 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, with the South American influence becoming even more prevalent in its bossa nova and samba rhythms. 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. ...


1990s

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. This was a live set recorded in Europe entitled The Road to You, and it featured tracks from the two Geffen studio albums alongside new tunes. By this stage, the group had integrated new instrumentation and technologies into its sound, including Mays' addition of midi-controlled synthesized sounds to acoustic piano solos, accomplished via a pedal control. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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). ...


Mays and Metheny 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 decade, 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.


2000s

The Way Up (2005), the band most recent release
The Way Up (2005), the band most recent release

After another hiatus, the Pat Metheny Group re-emerged in 2002 with the release Speaking of Now, marking another change in direction through the addition of younger musicians. Joining the core players (Metheny, Mays and Rodby), were drummer Antonio Sanchez from Mexico City, Vietnamese trumpet player Cuong Vu and bassist, vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist Richard Bona from Cameroon. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Way Up is the Grammy award winning thirteenth album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Cuong Vu (b. ... Richard Bona Richard Bona is a jazz musicican and bassist, was born in 1967 in Minta, in Cameroun, into a family of musicians. ...


Following the group's 2003 tour, Bona left to concentrate on his solo career, but appeared as one of two guest artists (the other being mallet cymbalist Dave Samuels) on the group's latest release, 2005's The Way Up, together with a new group member: Swiss/American harmonica player Grégoire Maret. The Way Up is a large-scale concept record which consists of a single 68 minute-long piece (split into four sections only for CD navigation). Metheny has said [2] that one of the inspirations for the labyrinthine piece was a reaction against a perceived trend for music requiring a short attention span and which lacks nuance and detail. Many of the textures in The Way Up are created from interlocking guitar lines (Steve Reich is credited on the CD as an inspiration, along with Eberhard Weber), and there are large open sections for solo improvisation and group interplay. On the group's 2005 tour (when its lineup was supplemented by Brazilian multiinstrumentalist Nando Lauria), The Way Up was played in its entirety as the first half of the concert. The final performance of the piece was at a free show for more than a hundred thousand people at the close of the 2005 Montreal Jazz Festival. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer. ... Eberhard Weber (born January 22nd, 1940 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a bassist and composer. ... Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world. ...


The Way Up was released through Nonesuch Records. It is planned that all of Metheny's Geffen and Warner Brothers records are to be rereleased on the label. Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ...


Members

Current lineup

  • Pat Metheny (guitars, guitar synths)
  • Lyle Mays (Piano, synthesizers)
  • Steve Rodby, since 1980 (Bass)
  • Antonio Sanchez, since 2002 (Drums, percussion)
  • Cuong Vu, since 2002 (Trumpet, vocals, percussion)
  • Grégoire Maret, since 2005 (Harmonica, vocals, percussion)
  • Nando Lauria, since 2005 (Guitar, Vocals, Misc percussion & Instruments)

Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Lyle Mays (born November 27, 1953) is a jazz pianist. ... Bassist Steve Rodby was born in December of 1954 in Joliet, Illinois. ... Antonio Sanchez (born November 1, 1971) is a drummer. ... Cuong Vu (b. ...

Past members

  • Mark Egan, 1977-1980 (bass)
  • Danny Gottleib, 1977-1982 (drums)
  • Nana Vasconcelos, 1981-1982 (vocals, percussion)
  • Pedro Aznar, 1983-1985, 1989-1992 (vocals, percussion, bass, guitars, saxophone)
  • Paul Wertico, 1983-2001 (drums)
  • David Blamires, 1987-1988, 1995-1997 (vocals, misc instruments)
  • Mark Ledford, 1987-1988, 1995-1998 (vocals, misc instruments)
  • Armando Marçal, 1987-1996 (percussion)
  • Jeff Haynes, 1997-1998 (Percussion, Vocals, misc instruments)
  • Philip Hamilton, 1997-1998 (Vocals, misc instruments)
  • Richard Bona, 2002-2005 (Percussion, Vocals, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar)
  • Faith Hendricksen, 1986-c. 1999 (Synclavier, backup vocals)

This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... Vocalist and composer David Blamires is a native of Toronto, Canada, and is one of Canadas most versatile and sought after session musicians. ... Mark Ledford (born 1960, dead 1 November 2004, in Los Angeles) was an American trumpet player, vocalist, guitarist and drummer. ... Richard Bona Richard Bona is a jazz musicican and bassist, was born in 1967 in Minta, in Cameroun, into a family of musicians. ...

Discography

Studio albums

Cover Date of Release Title Label Awards
1978 Pat Metheny Group ECM
1980 American Garage ECM
1982 Offramp ECM Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
1984 First Circle ECM Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
1987 Still Life (Talking) Nonesuch Records Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
1989 Letter from Home Geffen Records Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
1995 We Live Here Geffen Records Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
1996 Quartet Geffen Records
1997 Imaginary Day Warner Bros. Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

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2002 Speaking of Now Warner Bros. Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
2005 The Way Up Nonesuch Records Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Speaking of Now is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2002 by Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album has been presented since 1992. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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. ... Nonesuch Records is currently allied with Warner Bros. ... The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album has been presented since 1992. ...

Live albums

Cover Date of Release Title Label Awards
1983 Travels ECM Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
1993 The Road to You Geffen Records Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Travels is the Pat Metheny Groups first live album, released in 1983. ... ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. ... The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance was awarded from 1980 to 1991. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 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 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album has been presented since 1992. ...

Soundtracks

Cover Date of Release Title Label
(coming soon) 1985 The Falcon and the Snowman EMI

Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... The Falcon and the Snowman, released in 1987, features the trademark sound of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays and vocals by David Bowie on the track This is Not America. Psalm 121/Flight of the Falcon (Pat Metheny Group) – 4:09 Daulton Lee (Pat Metheny Group) – 5:59 Chris (Pat... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ...

Books

  • "The Pat Metheny Songbook", Hal Leonard, ISBN 0-634-00796-3

Notes

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External links


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Pat Metheny Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (855 words)
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.
Pat Metheny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1940 words)
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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