Pat Metheny Group
Pat Metheny is one of the most bipolar of modern musicians, jumping from gentle Crossover Jazz with smooth synthesizers to wild Free Jazz explorations. Metheny is unafraid of taking chances. After a string of Latin-influenced, synth-heavy hits that filled concert halls, he released Zero Tolerance for Silence, an album featuring forty minutes of feedback noise. As a soloist, Metheny is among the top modern guitarists, using his lightly chorused electric guitar to play startlingly original chromatic lines with exceptionally tasteful phrasing. He has worked with countless artists, but collaborations with Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Ornette Coleman stand out as noteworthy. Metheny may also be responsible for fusing Heavy Metal and jazz -- at least in terms of his hairstyle decisions.
Pat Metheny Group Concert Films
The Way Up: Live
Pat Metheny Group
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minPat Metheny is one of the most original and distinctive guitarists of modern times. Together with long time collaborator and keyboards player Lyle Mays he founded the Pat Metheny Group in 1978. Instantly successful, they have established themselves at the forefront of jazz-rock fusion with a succession of best selling albums and sell out world tours. Filmed in late 2005, features the full concert version of his most recent album "The Way Up", which earned Pat Metheny Group their 10th Grammy Award® and Metheny personally his 17th.
We Live Here
Pat Metheny Group
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minSome six years after their previous studio album, the Pat Metheny Group regrouped in 1995 to release the album We Live Here. This was to be the first of a set of three albums that the band refer to as the triptych, the others being Quartet (1996) and Imaginary Day (1997). Following the release of the album, the Pat Metheny Group embarked on a world tour during which this concert was filmed in Japan. Many of the tracks from the We Live Here album are included along with others from their various eighties albums. There are short interview segments with the band members inserted between some of the songs which give an insight into the creation of the album and life on the tour.
Pat Metheny Group Top Tracks
Live at Montreux 2003
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minThe Crusaders were one of the pioneers of jazz-funk music in the 1970s and have made a number of visits to Montreux over the years. This broadcast focuses on their performance from 2003 when the band were touring in support of their album 'Rural Renewal'. Founder members Joe Sample and Wilton Felder were joined in the line-up by Ray Parker Jr on guitar and the inimitable Randy Crawford on vocals. They delivered a set that spanned their career from early days up to their latest album capped with a stunning nine minute plus performance of their classic 'Street Life' and finished off with a fun rendition of Ray Parker Jr’s 'Ghostbusters'.
Live in Munich
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minFor more than 50 years, trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis was a major innovator of cool, modal, avant-garde, and fusion jazz styles. This program captures Davis's band: alto saxophonist/flutist Kenny Garrett, Keyboardists Robert Irving III and Adam Holzmann, lead bassist Joseph "Foley" McCreary, and bassist Benjamin Rietveld, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, and drummer Ricky Wellman, live in Munich, Germany on July 10th, 1988. With these musicians' sympathetic and syncopated support, Davis's trademarked Harmon-muted trumpet tones dance and trance over the combo's supple electric swing. Throughout the concert, Davis glides across the stage with the elegance and power of a dancer and a fighter, huddling with his sidemen to play and share a phrase. Interview snippets with Davis feature the trumpeter frankly discussing his other passion, artwork. All told, Miles in Munich shows that the man called "Prince of Darkness" was full of artistic light near the end of his creative life.
Live at Montreux - 1974
Runtime: 51 minFormed by John McLaughlin in 1971, the Mahavishnu Orchestra pioneered the fusion of jazz elements into rock music while still undeniably retaining the power and muscle of a full on rock band. With McLaughlin as the ever-present, the line-up went through various phases and these two concerts from Montreux showcase the band at distinctively different times of their career, with the seventies show featuring later stars Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Walden and the eighties concert featuring saxophone maestro Bill Evans.
Live at Montreux
Return To Forever
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minReturn To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. This concert was filmed at Montreux in July 2008 with the bonus tracks being filmed in Clearwater, Florida later the same month.
New Morning: The Paris Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minJohn is considered one of the most important and influential jazz guitarists and composers since he arrived on the scene in the mid '70s. A masterful improviser at the peak of his creative art, Scofield revisits compositions & interpretations richly combining post-bop, funk-edged jazz, and R&B influences. This brilliant performance by John Scofield (backed by master drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Ben Street and pianist Michael Eckroth) is a true gem.
Live At Montreux 1986/1993
Al di Meola
Runtime: 46 minAl Di Meola was one of the dominant figures in jazz rock fusion in the seventies and eighties, first with Return To Forever, which also featured Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, and later as a solo artist. His albums have dominated the US jazz charts and he has frequently earned top honors in Guitar Player magazine’s polls. From the late 1980s onwards he has moved away from jazz fusion to concentrate primarily on acoustic guitar, with an increasing Latin influence. This concert by him at Montreux Jazz Festival 1986 is a solo performance. For 45 minutes long Al Di Meola manages to keep the attention of the audience, not only with a good sense of humor but certainly also with a great variety of style and dynamics. Especially for guitarists this concert is a pleasure to watch, since it contains many close-up shots of Al Di Meola showing his amazing technique.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minDavid Sanborn has been a frequent visitor to the Montreux Jazz Festival, either headlining in his own right, as a sideman or as part of nineties "super group" Legends. This program focuses on his second headlining appearance in 1984 when he was touring in support of his "Straight To The Heart" album, which would see him win the second of his six Grammy Awards to date. The set combines tracks from that album with others from across his career. It features a special guest appearance by Rickie Lee Jones on piano and vocals on the track "Autumn Leaves". In 2008 David Sanborn released his 23rd album and his diverse career continues to thrive both on stage and in the studio.
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 48 minGuitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. As he told Down Beat writer Bill Milkowski, "I try to adjust my playing to the timbre and learn something about how to play that sound, yet at the same time I have to try and force the instrument to play with me a little bit. In other word, I sometimes try to overplay the instrument."
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minAn up-close portrayal of Frisell, filmed by Daniel Berman at the Berkeley Church in Toronto. This rare solo session features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry, and includes an exclusive interview with Frisell. On the taping of Solos Frisell comments, "It's a weird thing playing solo. I live for the interaction with other musicians."