The Way Up

Release date
31 Jan 2005
Running length
4 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pat Metheny - The Way Up: Opening 5:17 1,954
2 Pat Metheny - The Way Up: Part One 26:27 1,631
3 Pat Metheny - The Way Up: Part Two 20:29 2,006
4 Pat Metheny - The Way Up: Part Three 15:54 1,785

About this album

The Way Up is the Grammy award winning thirteenth album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. The album consists of one 68 minute-long piece, split into four tracks solely for CD navigation. The album is a showcase for the band’s ability in solo improvisation and dynamics.
The tunes are apparently influenced by the works of contemporary composer Steve Reich, with whom Pat Metheny has collaborated in the past. Reich is credited on the CD with “very special thanks” along with Eberhard Weber, another musician Metheny has worked with.

Pat Metheny: Guitar Synth Slide, Engineer, Producer
Lyle Mays: Piano, Keyboards, Producer, Toy Xylophone
Steve Rodby: Violin, Bass, Sheet Music, Cello, Producer
Antonio Sanchéz: Drums, Toy Xylophone
Cuong Vu: Trumpet, Whistle (Instrument), Voices
David Samuels: percussion
Richard Bona: Guitar, Percussion, Voices
Gregoire Maret: Harmonica

David Oakes Engineer, Technical Coordinator, Production Assistant
David Sholemson Project Coordinator
Tom Sheehan Piano Technician, Piano Tuner
Carolyn Chrzan Technical Assistance, Guitar Technician
Pete Karam Engineer, Post Production
Doyle Partners Design, Photography
Jay Spears Assistant Engineer
Rob Eaton Engineer, Mixing
Ted Jensen Mastering

Release Date: January 25, 2005

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  • TheProgRockFan

    Excellent !

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • luwer

    My favorite record of all time. I can't listen to it as background music while doing something. I always end up being completely mesmerized by its magnitude and beauty. So much emotion is unveiled with every note played and I never get anything done while listening to it because all my attention becomes devoted to the story it narrates.

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • pitrafilla

    Fantastic album to relax while you're doing some office tasks, studying, etc... (2)

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • VitorMach

    Fantastic album to relax while you're doing some office tasks, studying, etc...

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    While listening to this monster, all I can think is that Pat and Lyle have to be one of the greatest jazz partnerships ever. These compositions are beyond brilliant.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Electro-Phil

    I'm going to say something very risky: I think this might just be The Best piece of music, from any genre or movement, that I have ever heard.

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Inserio

    This album is so amazing. I've already listened to it all the way through at least 3 times over a period of time. I just reached the beginning of Part Three, and it feels like I've never heard this before.

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • klaschubi

    Gibt es ein besseres Album?

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • fledgehog

    can i just say this album is fucking amazing.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • luckybohemian

    my ex introduced me to pat metheny & lyle mays over 30 years ago. i even had the pleasure of seeing pat in a small venue in the late 70s, dartmouth college. wow! also saw pat & lyle at the greek in l.a. they excel outdoors, where your mind has room to expand under the night sky with every note. thanks sirblueskies for sharing your wonderful experience in mexico. pat & lyle are 2 gods at play!

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • sirblueskies

    I was lucky to see the band playing in Mexico City in 2003, at Metropilitan Theatre. - The only 1 time PMG has visited México. Pat declared at that time "he didn't expected that big audience of two full concerts", lots of ppl stayed out of venue, all tickets sold out. I remember we all went shocked out & surprissed when "Pat" introduced the band's members one by one. - He said at the end..."And now my very special friend and official drummer of Pat Metheny Group" ... Mr. "Antonio Sánchez" from México City...Wow, you should have seen when we all jumped out of our seats and clapped hands for over 15 or more minutes. - Antonio Sánchez felt endlessly happy & honoured. - It's a real pitty that PMG had come to México only once during their long musicians carreer. "You got to come back guys" -Check out this links to watch some Antonio's chronicles & videos. "Salúd with Tequila". /

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • alvareo

    and how can you listen "a few tracks" of a 4-track album?

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • alvareo

    What a FUCKING awesome album.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • tiborrr

    i have only listened to a few tracks.. but it's a briliant album.. i love it :D

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • b67

    amazing album

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
  • C4ptnH0wdy

    I am listening to this record (and band) for the first time, halfway through and so far, its a wonderful album.

    27 Jun 2008 Reply
  • suchpower

    So I showed up to see Pat Metheny Group play in Kansas City at the Uptown Theater during the tour for The Way Up. They came out and played for over an hour. It was incredible. Amazing music. Then Pat got on the mike and said, So that was our new we'll play some older stuff. Then they played for another couple of hours.

    5 May 2008 Reply
  • crisneda

    Es un álbum genial. Metheny es un genio.

    29 Nov 2007 Reply
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