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Pat Metheny Group

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(1977 – 2006)

The Pat Metheny Group is a jazz group founded in 1977 known for their consistently recognizable yet eclectic sound, fusing elements of new jazz, fusion, heartland folk, Latin and other international styles. The music ranges from highly refined melodic and rhythmic excursions to lyrical tone poems, to avant-garde textures, and much more.

Core members of the group are guitarist and leader Pat Metheny, keyboard player and pianist Lyle Mays, and bassist Steve Rodby, who joined in 1980. The group has had many additional personnel come and go over the years. Drummer Paul Wertico was a long lasting member of the group, whose tenure lasted from 1983 until 2001. The current members are Pat Metheny (guitars), Lyle Mays (piano and keyboards), Steve Rodby (double bass, electric bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Cuong Vu (trumpet), Grégoire Maret (harmonica, percussion, vocals) and Nando Lauria (guitar, percussion, vocals).

Founder Pat Metheny came onto the jazz fusion scene in the mid-1970s with a pair of solo albums; the latter of these, 1977’s Watercolors, featured keyboard player Lyle Mays. Metheny’s follow-up album formalized this arrangement, featuring several songs co-written with Mays; the album was released as the self-titled Pat Metheny Group on the ECM record label. The second group album, American Garage (1980), was a breakout hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and crossing over onto the pop charts as well, largely on the strength of the up-tempo opening track “(Cross the) Heartland” which would become a signature tune for the group.

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  • Andreas_Wotte

    Indeed Volker: (Not only) In this case I'm going with you. Try this link friends: Are You Going With Me? A vocal version of Pat Methenys great piece by Anna Maria Jopek & Friends with Pat Metheny

    5 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • Bentwick09

    Anna Maria Jopek's version of "Are You Going With Me" is a must hear [2] .... ;)

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Anna Maria Jopek's version of "Are You Going With Me" is a must hear

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • electrolutz

    Maybe the best version of "Are You Going With Me", North Sea Jazz Festival 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avwXET5ippQ

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Iemoned

    amazing!

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Jingo9000

    Please come again to Mexico, Metheny!

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • vittie

    We need a new album! Even if The Way Up still very... fresh. I'm alwas re-discovering it.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Jagga_Nova

    Fantastic!

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jneto_dr

    Sorry for spamming, but Sixun also it's an excellent fusion band. Their music are so unique. Please check them out. Sorry my english....

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    Apparently liking Pat Metheny is a n00b thing to do. I however, know little of the subject and only have one of his albums

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • landerfm

    I STILL VOTE FOR PAT AS THE BEST JAZZ PLAYER AROUND, INTELLIGENT MUSIC WITH A TOUCH OF GREATNESS

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    love!!

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jump29

    best fusion artist!

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • knezova

    see ya in croatia =)

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Amidlo

    The Road to You album is one of their most magic and beautiful stuff! pure musical poetry! i recommend this deeply to all of you, check it out!

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • EvilAishling

    I bought Letter From Home in a thrift store eons ago, having no idea what I was getting. I'm blessed with buying alums on whim and them being wonderful. This was yet another wonderful find!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ugoferx

    the best in the story of music

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • donato_roque

    I prefer their brazillian flavored tracks. Great Band. The innovation is unequaled.

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mutanteakordeon

    Only i can say.....THE BEST

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • dardar227

    A living legend and the reigning King of Jazz. I can't say anymore that hasn't already been said about the genius and talent of Pat Metheny and his greater than great players. I've seen them live and all were so nice, especially Pat, Lyle and Steve who went out of their way to sign my autograph. These guys live and breath their music and appreciate their fans as we do them.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
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