Category: Metheny, Pat

Pat Metheny in Jazz Improv Magazine 2004

patMethenyToday is Pat Metheny‘s 60th birthday! In this long 2004 interview in Jazz Improv magazine, the guitar great talks at length about touring, practice routines, finding his own sounds, and much more. From the interview:

JI: In the 1970s and prior, artists would be booked to play at a place in town for three or four days at a time. Now, nobody’s booking anybody in a club for that length of time. Venues want artists to come in for one night, bring all their fans and then, “you’re outta there!” They want to get the next group in to bring all their fans.

PM: It’s true. A lot of what you’re saying is true, however I feel I must add, it really wasn’t that great back then either. I’ve always feel it’s important to remind people of that. It was rough then too. Back then when I started my band, our fee for the band was usually around $200-$250 for the whole band. I could pay $25, $30, $40 a guy after I paid for the hotel and the gas money and the commission and yet I knew, and it was important to me as a bandleader, to play every place we could possibly play and to get guys that were willing to do that. That was hard to do then and it’s hard to do now. I still really, really, really believe that anybody that’s got something really powerful and important to say as a musician, as a jazz musician or otherwise, if they want to go out and play hundreds of nights a year, they can and will develop an audience. It’s just that it requires a commitment that very few people are willing or are in the position to be able to do. Part of it for me, was at that time, I was in my early 20’s as were the guys I was playing with. At that age, they’re like, “Sure, let’s go out and play 300 gigs! Yeah, we’re going to make $20 a night? Fine. We’re going to have fun!” Also, at the time we started, we were on a mission from god musically. We really had a point that we wanted to make. I think that could be done now too. I really do, and in fact, the only group that I’ve seen that has sort of modeled their thing on something somewhat like on our thing and have had success, has been Medeski, Martin and Wood. They also went out and played every place they could possibly play relentlessly…

Click here to read Pat Metheny in Jazz Improv Magazine 2004

—Peter Blasevick

Pat Metheny podcast: 80/81

patMethenyThe great guitarist Pat Metheny talks about the music, musicians and recording of his 1980 album 80/81 recorded with Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Dewey Redman, and Michael Brecker.

Pat talks a lot about saxophonist Brecker and his performance on “Every Day (I Thank You)” in this podcast from his own website. A great listen.

Click here to listen to Pat Metheny podcast: 80/81

—Peter Blasevick

Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

More Piano Jazz interviews for this week!

Guitarist Pat Metheny is one of the most critically acclaimed jazz musicians of the past 35 years. A tireless sonic explorer whose style incorporates elements of progressive jazz, fusion, Latin, post-bop and New Age music, Metheny has an astonishing 17 Grammy awards and three gold albums. This year, Metheny released Orchestrion, a “solo” album on which Metheny uses his guitar to control an entire mechanical ensemble of orchestral instruments. Metheny has also worked alongside jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock,Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynesand Joshua Redman.

On this 2006 Piano Jazz session with Marian McPartland, the Pat Metheny Trio, which includes star bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, drops by for a set of Metheny originals and a few Ornette Coleman tunes.

The set list:

  • “Bright Size Life” (Metheny)
  • “So May It Secretly Begin” (Metheny)
  • “Ambiance” (McPartland)
  • “Go Get It” (Metheny)
  • “Question-Answer” (Metheny)
  • “Police People” (Coleman)
  • “Turn Around” (Coleman)

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