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September 25, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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.
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August 29, 2013
The closing act of Lisa Mezzacappa's monthlong and reliably excellent JazzPOP series, Burn List features boundary pushing Seattle trumpeter Cuong Vu with saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi, keyboardist Aaron Otheim and drummer Chris Icasiano. Vu has performed with jazz adventurers including Pat Metheny, Stomu Takeishi and Bill Frisell, and this ensemble should feature no shortage of adventure in its own right. The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. Free. http://hammer.ucla.edu/ .
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February 12, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I like to think of jazz," guitarist Pat Metheny says, "as a verb, not a noun. It's process, a way of thinking, not a result." It's also a definition, in a nutshell, of the music of a highly visible and eminently successful jazz artist with nine Grammys among his catalog of awards. Friday night the Metheny Group performs at the Universal Amphitheatre, one of the few jazz acts capable of drawing an audience to such a large venue.
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May 23, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Consider an all-guitar jazz quartet and it's easy for your mind to conjure images of fingers burning up and down fretboards with the kind of mind-scrambling fireworks that've made heroes out of Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin. Although those approaches to guitar music aren't necessarily wrong, Anthony Wilson offers something more understated with his Seasons quartet. Assembled after being commissioned by guitar maker John Monteleone, the quartet of Wilson, Julian Lage, Chico Pinheiro and Steve Cardenas debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 with a concert that became a split CD/DVD release that same year.
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April 6, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
"Pat Metheny Special No. 2" is the continuation of a live performance by the guitarist; the first segment was aired last year. The second, running 48 minutes, will be seen tonight on Bravo at 7 p.m., with a repeat at midnight, and two more showings April 15 at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. The sonic artillery at Metheny's disposal takes in both regular and solid body guitars, plectrum and finger styles, and the reverberant guitar synthesizer.
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February 20, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"This is Wave Music," read the banner over the Universal Amphitheatre entrance for the Pat Metheny concert Saturday night. A potentially ominous sign. Did it say something about which Metheny would show up? Would it be the gifted jazz guitarist who, in the last decade, has teamed up with Ornette Coleman and Joshua Redman? Would it be the thoughtful composer-player whose "Secret Story" with the London Symphony was a remarkable blend of jazz and world music in a symphonic setting?
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October 11, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
Metheny describes this album as "a culmination of everything I've done up to this point, with the exception of straight-ahead jazz, which I didn't want to address here." True and not so true. It certainly is the most imaginative and adventurous recording Metheny has ever made--one that overflows with influences, from world-beat to pop and classical genres, and that is powerfully supported by Jeremy Lubbock's superb orchestrations, played by the London Orchestra.
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February 26, 2008 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
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.
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October 24, 1993 | RICHARD GUILLIATT, Richard Guilliatt is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
After working with minimalist composer Steve Reich, pop craftsman Bruce Hornsby, free-jazz avatar Ornette Coleman and the London Symphony Orchestra, guitarist Pat Metheny would seem to have exhausted most of the weird career moves available to him. Not quite, however. Right now Metheny is touring some of the smallest jazz clubs in the United States as a sideman to Joshua Redman, a tenor saxophonist who is 15 years younger than him and just out of college.
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September 25, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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.
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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.
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February 26, 2008 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
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.
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September 26, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
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.
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March 25, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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March 15, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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February 17, 1995 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Steve Appleford writes regularly about music for The Times.
Guitarist Pat Metheny hasn't had any shortage of collaborators over the years. There's been serious jazz with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden and sophisticated pop with David Bowie and Joni Mitchell. But on Saturday, Metheny arrives at the Universal Amphitheater within the one musical setting he's never fully abandoned, even as he's pursued these other projects. The Pat Metheny Group is where the guitarist calls home, and not just because the jazz ensemble bears his name.
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March 15, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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April 25, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
Hall, Mangione and Barbieri would have to place high on any list of artists capable of producing jazz that is both improvisationally fascinating and emotionally touching. Those qualities are amply present in these three new releases, two of which--Barbieri's and Mangione's--are part of recent comeback efforts by each player after a decade of relative inactivity.
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September 22, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sprawling events like the Monterey Jazz Festival often achieve their special qualities via unexpected, star-quality turns by lesser-known artists. And this year's 41st installment of the festival--which is considered by many to be America's premier jazz event--had plenty of sterling performances by performers with little, if any, national visibility.
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