pat metheny

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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When it comes to having masterful chops, a successful career and critical acclaim, only a handful of guitar players are three-for-three. None of them, however, are in the same league as Pat Metheny. Garnering 16 Grammys in a broad range of styles and formats, Metheny faces formidable expectations when he performs; yet the guitar virtuoso delivered the goods with his new trio at a recent show in Iowa City.

Opening with two acoustic solos, he displayed a tonal range that had those less familiar with his work wondering why the bass player was playing offstage. Metheny actually handled the bass lines himself via a baritone guitar, ably displaying its range with the ethereal fingerstyle of “Last Train Home” and the melodic strumming of “Song for the Boys.”

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