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the years certain artists have emerged as icons of the Echoes
soundscape. These are musicians who shifted the direction of
music, whose work influenced a generation and usually, musicians
who also tend to be articulate thinkers about their art. In this
series, you'll hear features Echoes has produced on these artists,
often encompassing their entire careers.
METHENY: An Icon of Echoes
In this special Icons of Echoes collection, you'll hear six sound
portraits of Pat Metheny that span 15 years of his very diverse
career, plus his first-ever Echoes Living Room Concert.
METHENY'S ACOUSTIC REVERIES (2003)
Pat Metheny is the most highly regarded of electric jazz guitarists,
noted for his sophisticated fusion with the Pat Metheny Group
and for taking extreme chances in his music, including electric
distortion freak-outs to recordings with Ornette Coleman. But
on his new album One
Quiet Night, the New York based guitarist takes a turn towards
quiet ruminations on solo acoustic guitar, largely inspired by
post 9-11 moods. Pat Metheny talks about his improvised reveries.
METHENY: A MAP OF THE WORLD (2000)
Pat Metheny's music has a cinematic quality born of the wide
open Missouri spaces where he grew up. In 2000, he scored a soundtrack
to the movie A
Map of the World that tapped into that pastoral, mid-America
sound with Metheny playing acoustic guitar. Pat Metheny and director
Scott Elliott talked about their musical coordinates on A
Map of the World.
Metheny's Secret Story (1992)
Guitarist Pat Metheny has been the guitar hero of jazz for decades,
but he frequently steps out of the jazz mold with special projects.
In the fall of 1992, we found him in a symphonic mode. We spoke
with Pat Metheny about his cinematic album, Secret
Story, which merged orchestras with synthesizers, Brazilian
percussion and jazz improvisation.
Pat Metheny Profile (1989)
Pat Metheny has been at the top of the jazz field for nearly
a quarter century. He emerged in the 1970s with Gary Burton's
group, recorded an important trio album with the late bassist
Jaco Pastorius and then went onto to his signature work on the
ECM label with the Pat Metheny Group. Never one to simply ride
a commercial trend, Metheny has challenged his audience with
soundscape recordings like As
Falls Witchita, So Falls Witchita Falls and free jazz improvisations
with iconoclast Ornette Coleman. In 1989, we took a look back
at Pat Metheny's career up to that point.
Metheny & computers (1989)
Metheny has never been a jazz purist and he was quick to adopt new technology
into his music. In the 1980s, he worked extensively with synthesizers, guitar-synthesizers
and in particular, the Synclavier, at the time, the Rolls Royce of digital
synthesizers. Among Metheny's recognizibale characteristics is that elephantine
trumpet cry he elicits form his guitar synthesizer. Metheny talked about
incorporating synthesizers into jazz.
Metheny in Brazil
is the first Echoes feature we ran on Pat Metheny in October of 1989, the
first week of Echoes. By then, The Pat Metheny Group was already the most
popular, critically acclaimed electric jazz ensembles of the last two decades.
Metheny had already begun infusing their music with South American elements,
particularly from Brazil. Those sounds were heard on their latest and still
one of their most popular albums, Letter
A Living Room Concert with Pat Metheny
World renowned jazz guitarist Pat Metheny sits in the Echoes Living Room
to play his acoustic baritone guitar. In 2003, Metheny released his first
solo acoustic guitar album, One
Quiet Night. Metheny plays music from that album, including meditative
covers of songs by Norah Jones and Gerry & the Pacemakers, and a spontaneous
improvisation drawn from the serene states of One Quiet Night.