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Patrick Bruce Metheny was born August 12, 1954 in Lee's Summit; Missouri is an American jazz guitarist and composer. 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.
Metheny 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. After Metheny withdrew from the University of Miami in his first semester, he was offered a teaching position. 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.
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.
Pat Metheny has joined projects such as
Song X with Ornette Coleman;
Parallel Realities; and Jazz Baltica, with Ulf Wakenius
Nordic Jazz players
He also played with female musicians such
Silje Nergaard on Tell Me Where You're Going
Noa on Noa
Anna Maria Jopek on Upojenie
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.
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 protege 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.
The group built upon its success through constant touring across the USA and Europe. The early group featured a unique sound. Even in this early state the band played in a wide range of styles from folk to rock to experimental.
From 1982 to 1985 the Pat Metheny Group released
off ramp (1982)
a live set Travels (1983)
First Circle (1984)
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Off ramp marked the first appearance of bassist Steve Rodby and Brazilian 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. 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 Marcal. Still Life Talking (1987) was the Group's first release on new label Geffen Records, and featured several popular tracks.
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 synch 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)
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. 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.
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