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Pat Metheny

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This Is Not America David Bowie, Pat Metheny 03:51
From This Place Pat Metheny 04:40
Love May Take Awhile Pat Metheny 05:57
Last Train Home Pat Metheny 05:38
Sixty-Six Pat Metheny 09:38
Same River Pat Metheny 06:43
Travels Pat Metheny 05:01
Electric Counterpoint: III. Fast Steve Reich, Pat Metheny 04:39
Sueño Con Mexico Pat Metheny 05:59
So May It Secretly Begin Pat Metheny 06:24

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A renowned guitarist who rose to prominence in the jazz world in the 1970s, Pat Metheny fused the genre with rock, folk and electronic pop sounds to create the symphonic, instrumental soundscapes that won him 20 Grammy Awards. Picking up the guitar at the age of 12, Metheny began teaching music at the University of Miami aged just 18, before striking up a relationship with his idol, guitarist Gary Burton, who offered him a place in his band and a job at Berklee College of Music.

His debut 'Bright Size Life' (1976) soon earned interest for its experimental modernity, but it was as the band Pat Metheny Group that he produced the classic albums 'Offramp' (1983), 'Still Life (Talking)' (1987) and 'Letter from Home' (1989), and achieved great commercial success. The first jazz artist to use synthesizers and electronics, he went on to dabble in Latino, folk and classical music, collaborate with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and David Bowie and help design a new range of instruments, including his trademark custom made, 42-string, Pikasso harp guitar. The Orb sampled his composition 'Electric Counterpoint' for their hit 'Little Fluffy Clouds', but it is as an improvisational jazz guitarist and experimental composer that he is most acclaimed.

In 1996, Metheny was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. He then went on to receive further recognition for his contributions to music when he was inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame in 2016 and received another Honorary Doctorate of Music from McGill University in 2019.

In recent years, his works have included the solo effort 'The Orchestrion Project' and 'Tap: Book of Angels Volume 20' with John Zorn in 2013, 'Kin' in 2014 and 'The Unity Sessions' in 2016 both of which saw him play alongside his Unity band, and in 2020 'From This Place'.