September 25, 2012 |
It probably goes without saying that Pat Metheny is a one-of-a-kind sort of guitarist. Able to follow his sometimes jaw-dropping capabilities through stylistic tributaries of flamenco, classical and a supercharged mix of progressive rock and folk, Metheny opened his Monday night show at the Broad Stage in a way that immediately established his credentials for the uninitiated. Metheny began seated alone with his custom-made Pikasso guitar, a longtime musical companion that looks a bit like an unholy offspring of a lute, harp and maybe three acoustic guitars.
April 19, 2010
MUSIC Pat Metheny: Taking inspiration from player pianos and orchestrions — mechanical music boxes meant to imitate orchestras — the renowned jazz guitarist has developed an automated rig of guitars, marimbas, vibraphones, percussion instruments and more, all of which he operates in real time. Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo will join him as a special guest. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $49.75-$124.75. (323) 850-2000. http://www.laphil.
February 26, 2008 |
Is there a harder-working guitarist in jazz than Pat Metheny? His nearly 2 1/2 -hour program of nearly nonstop playing at the Wiltern Sunday night was a musical marathon, as athletic as it was imaginative, a muscular display of guitar virtuosity. A full evening devoted to a jazz guitar trio -- even when the players are such world-class artists as Metheny, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez -- can, at first glance, seem to be a banquet with the same dish for every course.
September 26, 2005 |
The best thing Pat Metheny did Saturday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall was to bring a band that featured three of the most talented players on the contemporary jazz scene: bassist Christian McBride (recently appointed creative chair for jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), tenor saxophonist David Sanchez and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The next best thing Metheny did was to allocate substantial solo space for these extraordinary musicians.
March 25, 2002 |
Pat Metheny didn't hold anything back Saturday night at the Universal Amphitheatre. Offering a near-capacity crowd a three-hour program (without intermission), he managed to support his new album, "Speaking of Now," toss in some favorites from past recordings and provide showcases for each of the artists in the current six-man version of the Pat Metheny Group. Not many musicians have the history and the repertoire to support such an outing.
March 15, 2002 |
There was a period in guitarist Pat Metheny's career when he literally spent his life on the road, traveling from gig to gig. "For 15 years," he says with a laugh. "I did have an apartment, but it was just a shelter for my answering machine. Basically, from '77 to '92 I was permanently in transit. I'd just occasionally go to this warehouse and swap the spring suitcase for the winter suitcase.