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PAT METHENY, in and out of the PAT METHENY BAND, has been touring for more than 30 years, averaging 200 concerts a year. He is one of the top ten jazz rock guitarists, having in part re-established this genre (along side the likes of ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - an artist METHENY greatly admires), as one which is original and continues to create dynamic and cutting edge music, (rather the smooth jazz that the genre of fusion was in danger of becoming at the end of the 70's). He has written 200+ pieces and continues to push musical limits in both composing and performing. He has for several decades been one of the best selling jazz musicians in the world. PAT (Patrick Bruce) METHENY was born in Lee's Summit. Missouri in the USA on the 12th August 1954. He started guitar at the age of 13, (his brother Mike was already a trumpeter). His musical interests ranged from the Beatles to unusually the music of ORNETTE COLEMAN. His ability on the instrument advanced rapidly and was such that he was teaching the instrument both at University of Miami (colleague with JACO PASTORIUS) and Berklee, whilst still in his teens. He made his record debut with PASTORIUS, PAUL BLEY and BRUCE DITMOUS in 1974. One of the visiting professors at Berkee, vibraphonist GARY BURTON (also one of the earlier American explorers into jazz rock), recruited METHENY for the GARY BURTON Quartet (sometimes QUINTET) for defining period between 1974 to 77, recording several albums for the German jazz label ECM. During this period, in 1975 METHENY recorded the first album under his own name, 'Bright Size Life' (released 1976, again with PASTORIUS now at the height on his fame, and drummer BOB MOSES). In 1977 'Watercolors' was recorded with LYLE MAYS playing keyboards. In 1978 METHENY formed the PAT METHENY GROUP with LYLE MAYS (keyboards), MARK EGAN (electric bass) and DANNY GOTTLIEB (drums). Within a short period he and the PMG were ECM's top selling recording artists, and METHENY became quickly one of the most popular of all jazz/ jazz rock artists attaining near-stadium rock status. The PMG had a distinctive sound, probably due to Metheny's Gibson ES-175 guitar and Mays' Oberheim synthesizer and Yamaha Organ - this instrumental voicing can be heard to very good effect on JONI MITCHELL's tour deforce 'Shadows and Lights', (on which too, PASTORIUS and MICHAEL BRECKER also shine). METHENY, like JOHN ABERCROMBIE was given artist freedom by ECM, and responded by producing albums unlike those being pr...read more

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Bright Size LifeBright Size Life
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The Unity Sessions (2CD)The Unity Sessions (2CD)
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Still Life (Talking)Still Life (Talking)
Nonesuch 2011
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What's It All AboutWhat's It All About
Nonesuch 2011
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ECM Touchstones: New ChautauquaECM Touchstones: New Chautauqua
ECM 2008
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PAT METHENY discography


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PAT METHENY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 71 ratings
Bright Size Life
1976
4.12 | 69 ratings
Watercolors
1977
4.01 | 90 ratings
Pat Metheny Group
1978
3.96 | 74 ratings
New Chautauqua
1979
3.73 | 63 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: American Garage
1979
3.16 | 35 ratings
80/81
1980
4.18 | 99 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Offramp
1981
4.16 | 89 ratings
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays: As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
1981
3.15 | 19 ratings
Pat Metheny w/ Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins: Rejoicing
1984
3.55 | 54 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: First Circle
1984
3.68 | 22 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: The Falcon And The Snowman
1985
2.98 | 27 ratings
Pat Metheny - Ornette Coleman: Song X
1986
3.76 | 79 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Still Life (Talking)
1987
3.23 | 63 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Letter From Home
1989
3.25 | 28 ratings
Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes: Question And Answer
1990
4.17 | 107 ratings
Secret Story
1992
1.72 | 32 ratings
Zero Tolerance For Silence
1994
3.36 | 48 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: We Live Here
1995
2.79 | 30 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Quartet
1996
3.66 | 26 ratings
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny: Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
1997
3.96 | 74 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day
1997
3.68 | 23 ratings
A Map Of The World
1999
3.50 | 14 ratings
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny
1999
3.26 | 20 ratings
Pat Metheny Trio: 99 ➡00
2000
3.88 | 14 ratings
Anna Maria Jopek & Pat Metheny: Upojenie
2002
3.88 | 68 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: Speaking Of Now
2002
3.44 | 34 ratings
One Quiet Night
2003
4.24 | 195 ratings
Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up
2005
3.18 | 21 ratings
Metheny - Mehldau
2006
3.29 | 16 ratings
Metheny - Mehldau: Quartet
2007
3.16 | 20 ratings
Pat Metheny w/ Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez: Day Trip
2008
3.74 | 73 ratings
Orchestrion
2010
3.54 | 24 ratings
What's It All About
2011
4.00 | 18 ratings
Unity Band
2012
3.65 | 17 ratings
Tap - John Zorn's Book Of Angels, Vol. 20
2013
3.70 | 47 ratings
Pat Metheny Unity Group: Kin (↔)
2014

PAT METHENY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 45 ratings
Travels (Pat Metheny Group)
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Jazz Masters - 100 Ans De Jazz - Concert Midem (with B.B. King & Dave Brubeck )
1984
2.40 | 5 ratings
Blue Asphalt (Pat Metheny Group)
1991
2.75 | 4 ratings
Unity Village
1993
4.05 | 33 ratings
The Road to You (as Pat Metheny Group)
1993
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Pat Metheny Group In Concert
1993
2.50 | 4 ratings
The Sign of 4
1996
3.96 | 5 ratings
Pat Metheny, Gary Burton & The Heath Brothers: All the Things You Are
1999
3.87 | 15 ratings
Trio Live
2000
2.67 | 3 ratings
Parallel Universe
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Chicago '87
2015

PAT METHENY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.35 | 17 ratings
Imaginary Day Live
2001
4.86 | 28 ratings
The Way Up - Live
2006

PAT METHENY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.80 | 5 ratings
Works
1984
4.00 | 1 ratings
Move to the Groove
2001
4.86 | 9 ratings
Rarum: Selected Recordings
2004

PAT METHENY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
Tokyo Day Trip Live EP (with Christian McBride and Antonio Snchez)
2008

PAT METHENY Reviews


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 Zero Tolerance For Silence by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1994
1.72 | 32 ratings

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Zero Tolerance For Silence
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The unimaginative creations of a highly skilled performer.

Jazz/Fusion fans have punished this "Zero Tolerance for Silence", Pat Methenys 1994 project. Yes, it is hideous but no big news. In fact it is an extraordinary lesson in self-contempt and self indulgence both. I mean, this cd was not given away, but sold! (If you want to hate me, pay for it!)

Lesson 2: No matter how well skilled you are at your weapon of choice, music writing is another galaxy.

Lesson 3: Is no big news Pat Metheny is no "big leagues" composer. Even though, everybody associates him of being Steve Reichs choice for his 1987 Electric Counterpoint, (the electric guitar version of a series of ongoing Reichs Counterpoints), the 3 piece composition was written solely by Reich. (Who humbly admits taking guitar playing advise for its recording by Pat, but that is it.)

Lesson who cares: Everybody knows Methenys best attribute is the mastering of his guitars. (Which he owns and displays proudly , like fellow virtuous guitarist and also "minor" composer, Steve Howe.)

How bad? Not worth my time, even for free! But an extraordinary master-class in "IT TAKES MORE THAN PERFORMING SKILLS TO BE AND BECOME A GIFTED COMPOSER", in the never ending music compositions quest.

**2 (could be worse, at least he is honestly mediocre) PA stars.

 Zero Tolerance For Silence by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1994
1.72 | 32 ratings

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Zero Tolerance For Silence
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

1 stars Good Heavens!

I can't say I like experimental music too much. But, when listening to the likes of Elliott Sharp or Ornette Coleman or George Antheil or Mary Halvorson (God love her) I can objectively recognize and appreciate the merit their innovative effort even without being able to enjoy the music on a purely emotional level.

In other words, to get a one star review from me, you need to really hit my aesthetic taste buds with something really, really foul.

IMO, the Zero Tolerance for Silence is an acoustically offensive waste of 38 minutes. To sum up its essence and contents, it consists of a series of distorted guitar tracks, dubbed over other distorted guitar tracks and over still other ones, for the whole duration of the album. It's a close musical equivalent of randomly shooting a few hundred pain tballs of different colors against a concrete wall and calling the result a mural.

 Zero Tolerance For Silence by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1994
1.72 | 32 ratings

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Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by socrates0515

5 stars The wealth of negative ratings here should tell you that something is actually happening with this music.

By reading the other reviews here, you'd suspect PM attempted to create another record consistent with his group recordings, more mildly swinging and melodic offerings, played with virtuosity, broadly appealing to fans of so-called "jazz music" and "rock music" alike -- but he failed. Come on. PM knew what he was doing. His records are generally popular (or, at least, popular relative to other records store clerks file under "jazz"), and he's made quite a few for Geffen. This has allowed him to insist to his record company that this music be released to the public. Geffen agreed, likewise knowing what it was releasing.

Living deep within Pat Metheny's soul is a musical scientist. He knows what he's doing, he sets his own parameters, imposes his own structure and draws his own conclusions. Usually, he's the long-haired picker with the winning smile who leads his virtuoso band through familiar and appealing territory. Occasionally he's the Ornette Coleman acolyte paying homage to the master (those outings are likewise mostly panned by reviewers from his usual audience). Here he stands alone, having succeeded in bringing to his listeners a stark and unforgiving music which they'd never elect to put in their ears had they known better. It's a bold risk which has not resulted in his legions of fans suddenly embracing textured music in which harmony and meter are not prioritized. I doubt he expected such.

I shall not attempt to describe the music on this recording. Professor Monk's phrase "dancing about architecture" applies. I find the music here to be immensely revealing about Pat Metheny the musician and the guitar player (yes, there is an important distinction). If you're expecting a follow-up to "San Lorenzo," then this music is difficult. Try taking it on its own terms. It's a strong shot of espresso -- or whiskey. But it bears repeated listening. At times, the music is quite gentle and nuanced. Give it a chance.

Or, don't. But please recognize that an artist violating expectations, even for such learned and esteemed listeners whose reviews grace these pages, risks a strong, negative backlash, not for the music itself, but for the unmet anticipation.

 Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.24 | 195 ratings

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Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars I am not the hugest fan of smooth jazz but I can take it in small doses. The likes of Kenny G, The Rippingtons and their ilk are ok, but I generally prefer more of a bite in my jazz tastes with my favorites being the most adventurous musical souls. PAT METHENY alone and with his GROUP rarely manage to excite me and always tread lightly upon the musical paths they embark upon. Such the case can be said for this release THE WAY UP which seems to be universally hailed as their best album and judging by the handful of METHENY releases I have listened to so far, I would have to agree with that statement. Yes, this is still smooth jazz, but this is progressive smooth jazz!

This album was inspired by both the works of Steve Reich and Eberhard Weber, both of whom METHENY has worked with. This album is designed to be one long album long track that reaches just over 68 minutes in length but broken into 4 tracks only for navigational purposes. The sounds on here are very typical for METHENY, of what i've heard so far, but what is very different from other releases is that the compositions are much more complex than anything i've encountered from this group so far. They master the art of extending pieces and exploring variations on themes and add interesting solos as well.

Although this still reminds me of fluffy unsalted and unbuttered popcorn with cotton balls in the clouds in a place where calmness and serenity suffocate any remote threat of surprise and angst, the fact is that when the compositions are interesting as on this album, then I have to admit that the smoother and calmer side of the jazz-fusion spectrum can be quite interesting indeed. Although this will probably never rank up there in the top ranks of my all time treasured albums, this certainly has a worthy spot in my collection to fire up every now and again simply to ride the jazz-fusiony ethers that are as light and fluffy as a light breezy spring shower raining pillows and marshmallows on the fertile lands where only white bunnies and fuzzy easter chicks roam.

 Pat Metheny Group by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 90 ratings

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Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars Well what can I say. Not my thing. This is jazz-fusion all right, but very much on the light side. Nothing adventurous at all. If the Mahavishnu Orchestra is Godzilla, then this is Bambi. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you're looking for but a little tame for my tastes. I am not the biggest of Pat Metheny fans but I have heard albums that I like a lot better than this one. If you are into smooth jazz then this may be the thing for you. I can hear that the musicians are talented and all but it's just that I'm not that much into the style. Described as jazz meets Americana but i'm not feeling it. Only the last track saves this from being a one star album for me.
 Pat Metheny w/ Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez: Day Trip by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.16 | 20 ratings

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Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars One of his more recent works I've discovered, or better said this album named Day trip was a gift because I've bought Secret story is another worthy release from thsi well known musicin. as I said this type of music is usualy not really of my liking, but from time to time I need such calm jazz. Released in 2008 I guess, here Metheny explores to the maximum his smooth jazz abilitis on guitar, practicaly whole album is quite calm without bursting moments, this kind of music is better to have on a dinner. Aswell his musical mates Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez done a good job here for sure. Highlights, well not many but Calvin's Keys is excellent. Impressive art work aswell. 3 stars for this one, little weaker then Secret story but I think is more then ok. 3 stars no more then taht.
 Secret Story by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.17 | 107 ratings

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Secret Story
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Pat Metheny is one of the pioneers of smooth jazz and jazz rock in general with more then 30 years career and great deal of excellent albums. Personaly his music doesn't move me big time, but from time to time I really enjoy some more calmer smoother side of jazz rock/fusion. One of his better albums and most diverse is Secret story from 1992. Well, for sure his music is not an every day one for me, but I do appreciate his talent and inventivness. This release is great and show how versatile Pat Metheny is on guitar, he practicaly explores every corner of smooth jazz here. Also to me is probably his most progressive of his albums with good amount of excellent passages like on Facing West , Cathedral in a Suitcase, perfect example of Metheny great ideas. All in all one of his best and one of the best I've hered from this side of jazz. Good one from start to finish.3 stars.
 Pat Metheny Group: We Live Here by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.36 | 48 ratings

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Pat Metheny Group: We Live Here
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by RBlak054

3 stars The Pat Metheny Group, co-led by guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Lyle Mays, released We Live Here in 1995. This instrumental jazz fusion album contains plenty of interesting music and remains a good release despite the handful of faults it has.

Virtually all of the music on this record is highly accessible and will appeal to casual fans of Metheny who enjoy the more mainstream side of his catalogue but may have difficulty digesting the music that is a bit more "out there". Just because the music is accessible doesn't mean it's bad, though; almost every track has a lot to offer and is rich with good ideas, even if there are times when the music gets a bit too smooth for my liking. Metheny and Mays' songwriting skills, as usual, do not disappoint, and the album is packed with lengthy, musical melodies and interesting harmonic structures. This time around the Pat Metheny Group have also added a healthy dose of world music influence to their usual blend of jazz fusion.

Given the wealth of talent in the Pat Metheny Group's lineup it's no surprise that the playing on this album is exceptional. As expected, Metheny's guitar and May's keys form the core of the band's sound and provide some of the album's best solos. The fantastic piano solo and guitar synth solo on the track "To the End of the World" are highlights and really showcase the musicians' improvising abilities. While the other members of the band definitely don't get as much time in the spotlight, their contributions are invaluable to the atmosphere of the songs. Some added percussion, backing vocals, and the occasional trumpet part add a wealth of texture to the music.

While most of the instruments here have great parts, there is one exception: the drums. The intricate and responsive drumming expected of Paul Wertico is nowhere to be found on this release, instead replaced by a series of static and fairly basic drum loops. This was a very poor choice and in many ways it kills the music, making the songs sound like cheap muzak when in reality the compositions have a great deal of integrity.

Although this album never quite reaches greatness it will still please most listeners with its well-written melodies and a host of great solos. Despite the banal drum loops and the occasional section that is a bit too smooth, We Live Here does come through as a good album. While this record is recommended for fans of the Pat Metheny Group - and crossover jazz in general - some of the band's other, more ambitious albums may prove more rewarding.

 Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.24 | 195 ratings

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Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by sinslice

5 stars More than two decades ago, a good friend, a lover of Jazz, recommended me to listen to Pat Metheny Group. The Jazz is not my greatest delight.

Get Still Life and later We Live Here, different and fairly enjoyable albums. So also heard others with good feelings.

But The Way Up is great, magnificence. Very progressive, energetic and imaginative. Peaceful and virtuous. Elegant and dynamic. Nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking.

The music goes through different landscapes, and never bored.

The melody of Opening, which is repeated in Part One, is great. Part One will grow from that tune to just over six minutes. Then Pat acoustic guitar starts another section that crosses different transformations to the end.

Part Two is sublime, with an overwhelming end. And Part Three begins with the classic sound the group. From the tenth minute, the music moves in a quiet and relaxing sound, which is diluted slowly.

 Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up by METHENY , PAT album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.24 | 195 ratings

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Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up
Pat Metheny Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On The Way Up, Pat Metheny - and, of course, the Pat Metheny Group - displays an exceptional mastery of a wide range of jazz fusion styles. The album slips in more jazz-leaning moments reminiscent of early fusion works by Miles Davis or Weather Report, more firey playing following the precedent set by the likes of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and moments of playfulness which remind me of Canterbury scene groups like Hatfield and the North or National Health.

That said, this shouldn't be mistaken for a box-ticking exercise in nostalgia; the album has a thoroughly modern sound, reminiscent of recent work by the likes of the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, which recontextualises jazz fusion techniques into new compositional structures. In terms of tone and aesthetic, things are generally more mellow and gentle than the harder-edged fusion outfits of the 1970s - again, a point the album has in common with works from the Canterbury scene - so if you're after something with more bite it might not appeal, but otherwise it's an excellent choice for jazz fusion listeners who want to convince themselves that there's still something novel to be done in the genre.

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