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Over his impressive career, superstar guitarist Pat Metheny has lead parallel bands—the electrified Pat Metheny Group and acoustic-oriented units—with ever-changing rosters. The latter ensembles have boasted everyone from veterans like drum legend Roy Haynes and pioneering alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman to younger talent such as bassist Christian McBride and drummer Bill Stewart. For his Unity Band, Metheny brings along drummer Antonio Sanchez from his last trio, along with a few surprising choices—the influential tenor saxophonist/multi-reeds player Chris Potter and twentysomething double bassist Ben Williams. There’s a fully involved quartet sound on all nine Metheny originals, whether it’s the pastoral “New Year,” the gorgeous “This Belongs to You,” or the frenetic “Breakdealer.” Unity Band comes with a five-page digital booklet.

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The Prolific Music of Metheny

I'm longtime fan of Pat Metheny, I usually listen to the older PMG stuff. But recently, I've given ear to his recent works. If you listen carefully, you'd understand how prolific Metheny's sound has morphed over a period of time. Of course, I missed the old days of PMG, but this album moving forward is a representation of Pat's gift to evolve. I think this is the beginning of greater PMG works to come. This album is superb....!

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This Metheny Album is Special!

I have been listening to this album for the last 4 days and my conclusion is that it is the most innovative of his recent works outside of PMG. The addition of Chris Potter is an amazing combination. Chris is one of the most musical Tenor sax players whom I have ever heard, and this includes Michael Brecker. Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams are also exceptional, but Pat and Chris are the stars here. Other posters have said that this album is too formulaic others have said it is meandering and shapeless. I could not disagree more. I find, if you listen to each composition and the amazing execution of these four exquisite musicians a number of times, you begin to understand the greatness of this recording. I am sure that this will go down as one of the greatest Pat Metheny albums ever!


Born: August 12, 1954 in Lee's Summit, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original, stretching the boundaries of jazz and making Metheny famous enough that he could perform whatever type of music he wanted without losing his audience. Metheny (whose...
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Unity Band, Pat Metheny
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 08, 2012

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