Riffing off the two against nature. I believe Chris Potter played sax on that album, and I just saw him with Pat Metheny Unit Group last night at Strathmore, in Bethesda, MD. I'm still on a high.
A friend of mine turned me on to Metheny in about 87 or 88 while working at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Virginia as a summer college job. I've listened to him over the past 25 + years.
I was a total metal head and rock guy...and still at heart still am. But, I've grown to really enjoy jazz. I think Metheny is a great modern entry into jazz for people who aren't necessarily jazz lovers...so many other influences, world music, latin, almost new age sounds, fusion...pretty natural for lovers of guitar based music. His skills are jaw dropping.
Overall, my wife found some of his earlier music like Secret Story "softer/prettier" and some his later PMG stuff maybe got a little to complex for her. I think the new act strikes a nice balance.
My friend who introduced me to Metheny so many years ago told me he was a musical genius. He taught guitar in college in Boston as a teenager as a prodigy. Now 40 some years later-having seen him for the first time since the 80's I think he is a genius.
A great show by an amazing player and composer playing with some of the best in the business...
Chris Potter-sax and woodwinds/multi instrumentalist, Antonio Sanchez-drums & cajon
Ben Williams-acoustic and electric basses
Giulio Carmassi-multi instrumentalist including vocals, piano, trombone, French horn and much more.
This is jazz that goes beyond jazz in the 21st century. I feel lucky to have seen him.
Here is a preview/promo of the album:
Now listening to Pat Metheny: s Book of Angels Vol. 20
Tap...this is a great album, beautiful acoustic guitar, some avant garde, some distorted electric guitar...Metheny sounds great playing psychedelic guitar
Also listening to some new jazz CDs I've ordered:
Julia Holter's Loud City Song is one of the most beautiful and original albums of 2013 IMO.
I rank Moving Pictures up there along with Aja-two of my favorite classic rock albums of all time. I don't listen to them often, but when I do, I'm reminded how great they are.