Pat Metheny

Real Name:
Patrick Bruce Metheny
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Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility - a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.

Over the years, he has performed with diverse artists like Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie, to name just a few.

He is the younger brother of trumpet and flugelhorn player Mike Metheny.
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IAI 373846, IAI 37.38.46 Pat Metheny - Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley album art Jaco Pastorius / Pat Metheny / Bruce Ditmas / Paul Bley Jaco Pastorius / Pat Metheny / Bruce Ditmas / Paul Bley - Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley (Album) Improvising Artists Inc. IAI 373846, IAI 37.38.46 US 1976 Sell This Version
20MJ 9032 Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life album art Pat Metheny Bright Size Life (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records 20MJ 9032 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
ECM-1-1097, ECM 1097 Pat Metheny - Watercolors album art Pat Metheny Watercolors (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records ECM-1-1097, ECM 1097 US 1977 Sell This Version
ECM-1-1131 Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua album art Pat Metheny New Chautauqua (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM-1-1131 US 1979 Sell This Version
ECM 1180/81 Pat Metheny - 80/81 album art Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Dewey Redman, Mike Brecker* Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Dewey Redman, Mike Brecker* - 80/81 (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1180/81 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
317 Pat Metheny - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Bonnie Raitt / Pat Metheny Bonnie Raitt / Pat Metheny - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 317 US 1980 Sell This Version
PAP-25505, ECM 1190 Pat Metheny - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls album art Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Album) ECM Records PAP-25505, ECM 1190 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
B/2691 Pat Metheny - Live At Midem album art Pat Metheny Live At Midem(LP) Tobacco Road B/2691 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
B/2692 Pat Metheny - Live At Midem album art Pat Metheny Featuring Dave Brubeck, Bill Smith*, Randy Jones (3), The Heath Brothers Pat Metheny Featuring Dave Brubeck, Bill Smith*, Randy Jones (3), The Heath Brothers - Live At Midem(LP, Album) Tobacco Road B/2692 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
KL 26001 Pat Metheny - Live In Concert album art Pat Metheny, The Heath Brothers, B.B. King, The Dave Brubeck Quartet Pat Metheny, The Heath Brothers, B.B. King, The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Live In Concert (Comp, Album) Kool Jazz Records KL 26001 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
ECM 1271, 817 795-4 Pat Metheny - Rejoicing album art Pat Metheny w/ Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins Pat Metheny w/ Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins - Rejoicing (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1271, 817 795-4 US 1984 Sell This Version
924096-1 Pat Metheny - Song X album art Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X (Album) Geffen Records 924096-1 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
WBMS 137 Pat Metheny - Interviews With Lyle Mays And Pat Metheny album art Lyle Mays / Pat Metheny Lyle Mays / Pat Metheny - Interviews With Lyle Mays And Pat Metheny(LP, Promo, Transcription) Geffen Records, Metheny Group Productions WBMS 137 US 1986 Sell This Version
7559-79176-4 Pat Metheny - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint album art Steve Reich - Kronos Quartet / Pat Metheny Steve Reich - Kronos Quartet / Pat Metheny - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint (Album) Elektra Nonesuch, Elektra Nonesuch 7559-79176-4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
GR-9598 Pat Metheny - Reunion album art Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Mitchel Forman, Will Lee, Peter Erskine Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Mitchel Forman, Will Lee, Peter Erskine - Reunion(LP) GRP GR-9598 US 1990 Sell This Version
CK 1068, 7599-24293-4 Pat Metheny - Question And Answer album art Pat Metheny w/ Dave Holland & Roy Haynes Pat Metheny w/ Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (Album) Geffen Records CK 1068, 7599-24293-4 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
none Pat Metheny - Artist In Residence Project 1991 Vol. 2 album art Pat Metheny Artist In Residence Project 1991 Vol. 2(Cass, Album) Jazzafdeling Koninklijk Conservatorium none Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
none Pat Metheny - Artist In Residence Project 1991 Vol. 1 album art Pat Metheny Artist In Residence Project 1991 Vol. 1(Cass, Album) Jazzafdeling Koninklijk Conservatorium none Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
none Pat Metheny - Secret Story album art Pat Metheny Secret Story (Album) Geffen Records none Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-4438 Pat Metheny - A Special Conversation With Pat Metheny Hosted By Roy Firestone album art Pat Metheny A Special Conversation With Pat Metheny Hosted By Roy Firestone(CD, Promo) Geffen Records PRO-CD-4438 US 1992 Sell This Version
3884212 Pat Metheny - Jazz Café Presents album art Dave Brubeck / Pat Metheny / Heath Brothers* / B.B. King Dave Brubeck / Pat Metheny / Heath Brothers* / B.B. King - Jazz Café Presents (Album) Galaxy Music Ltd. 3884212 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
8277654, TCP 2709 Pat Metheny - I Can See Your House From Here album art John Scofield & Pat Metheny John Scofield & Pat Metheny - I Can See Your House From Here (Album) Blue Note 8277654, TCP 2709 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
DGCSD 24626 Pat Metheny - Zero Tolerance For Silence album art Pat Metheny Zero Tolerance For Silence (Album) DGC DGCSD 24626 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
JD 1282, 1282 Pat Metheny - Blues For Pat (Live In San Francisco) album art The Joshua Redman Quartet* Feat. Pat Metheny, Christian McBride & Billy Higgins The Joshua Redman Quartet* Feat. Pat Metheny, Christian McBride & Billy Higgins - Blues For Pat (Live In San Francisco) (Album) Jazz Door, Jazz Door JD 1282, 1282 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
GED 77007 Pat Metheny - Passaggio Per Il Paradiso album art Pat Metheny Passaggio Per Il Paradiso (Album) MCA Music GED 77007 Italy 1996 Sell This Version

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irenebullock

December 18, 2021
edited 7 months ago
His guitar tone is bogglingly corny and derivative from George Benson - that's what you think at first listen. But when you have jazz guitarists attempting to be rock and rollers with Marshall stacks back in the seventies trying to show off if they can get heavier than heavy, Metheny sees it as sweet FA and gets the remnants of the sweet jazz guitar sound from the soul jazz emerging at the same time as jazz rock. Supposedly, his habit of a cleaner guitar tone is compensated with his very clever intricate harmonies and rhythm. The Nonesuch era of Metheny is a great bundle of gems; his time with ECM was all right, maybe vanilla but slick, beautiful and like an audiophile's wet dream.

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