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Album Review

Pat Metheny has had such an unpredictable and diverse recording career that it is somewhat surprising that he has been able to hold on to his great popularity during the past two decades. This set with his "group," a quartet also featuring keyboardist Lyle Mays, bassist Steve Rodby, and drummer Paul Wertico, is generally quite introspective and is a bit unusual. After touring with his band for nearly a year, the guitarist decided not to record the group's current repertoire but to instead have a very spontaneous session. Metheny and Mays quickly wrote a full set of new originals (some of which were so open as to be nearly free improvisations) that emphasized their acoustic instruments and the quieter side of their musical personalities. Although a few of the 15 songs use a light groove, many of the pieces are either slow ballads or fairly peaceful sound explorations. Whether fans of the Pat Metheny Group will enjoy the music is open to question, but jazz listeners who like to hear relaxed playing by masterful musicians (and who are patient enough to let the performances develop) will find this to be an interesting if moody release.

Customer Reviews

Too Slow

It's just too slow for me or maybe I just can't appreciate it. I know he is an international superstar and a genius but I want the old Pat back that was more accessable with toe tapping melodies and more up beat

"Quartet" rewrites rules of traditional jazz

"Quartet" is a bold jazz record that may not be a perfect introduction to Metheny, but it is a great experiment in tonality and traditional instrumentation, a quality lacking in many mainstream jazz artists. Great soundtrack for summer nites with chardonnay, patio lights, and cultured friends who appreciate jazz.


I continued to be dismayed by the number of 'reviewers' of Pat's music that 'long for the old'. It is a true artist who grows and evolves to the music that moves him/her.Pat has been evolving since the early '70's. I, for one, hope he continues....I know that my musical taste change as I am exposed to new music by Pat and similar artists!


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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