PAT METHENY

The Unity Ses­sions

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Cor­mac Larkin

None­such/Warn­ers

Pat Metheny has al­ways blurred the genre lines, elid­ing gnarly post-Coltrane jazz with smooth Brazil­ian pop mu­sic, but re­cently the ac­claimed US gui­tarist has also taken to blur­ring the lines be­tween live and stu­dio, and be­tween au­dio and video; the ma­te­rial on this dou­ble CD was re­leased last year on a per­for­mance DVD of the same name. Recorded “as live” and on-cam­era, af­ter com­ing off a long tour, when his hugely tal­ented band was fired up and in to­tal com­mand of the ma­te­rial, it’s a tour de force, delv­ing into Metheny’s moun­tain­ous back cat­a­logue. The band’s lush, pol­ished sound flirts with the ba­nal, but there is also ge­nius here, and when the so­los start, well, it’s Metheny, one of the most joy­ous and melod­i­cally in­ven­tive play­ers in any genre. pat­metheny.com

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