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PAT METHENY

The Orchestrion Project None­such Like some kind of lat­ter-day PT Bar­num, gui­tarist Pat Metheny has toured his fab­u­lous robotic orches­tra for the past cou­ple of years to rave re­views. The Orchestrion, a fully au­to­mated en­sem­ble of key­boards, gui­tars, xy­lo­phones, tuned bot­tle ar­rays and per­cus­sion in­stru­ments, is all con­trolled by Metheny with his hands, his feet and his pen. If it sounds com­pli­cated, it’s prob­a­bly eas­ier to con­trol than a stage full of real mu­si­cians, but it’s not quite as grooving, and putting it on record poses some in­ter­est­ing philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions. In­deed, with­out the gid­dy­ing ex­cite­ment of the vi­su­als, one might be tempted to won­der what’s the point. But then the so­los start and, well, it’s Pat Metheny who, when it comes to gui­tar so­los, is still the great­est show on earth. patmetheny.com JOHN MO­RI­ARTY

Echoes Lyte Records Gui­tarist John Mo­ri­arty is prob­a­bly best known as one third of Or­gan­ics, the Ham­mond or­gan trio that blazed a trail through the Ir­ish jazz scene in the last decade. A fluid, hardswing­ing player in the style of Louis Ste­wart, the Dubliner is more in­volved than most in the sound he makes – as well as be­ing an ac­com­plished player, he is also a noted gui­tar maker. For his first record­ing as leader, Mo­ri­arty brought one of his own creations to New York and hooked up with some of that city’s ris­ing stars, in­clud­ing pi­anist Randy In­gram, bassist Matt Clo­hesy and drum­mer Adam Pache. The re­sult is a mix of orig­i­nals and choice stan­dards, in­clud­ing a sul­try ver­sion of Wayne Shorter’s Fall, which is as well-crafted and pol­ished as one of Mo­ri­arty’s arch­tops. lytere­cords.com

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