Guitarist/composer Pat Metheny has always loved to jam with those who could match his unending enthusiasm, inventiveness and chops. To that end, he's performed/recorded with the likes of Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau. Now, the Cuong Vu Trio 'Meets Pat Metheny' (Nonesuch) on a dense seven-track meandering adventure.
Let's face it, protest songs are a dime a dozen. Be it Britain or Iraq, Roe vs. Wade, black power or white guilt, nearly everyone's got an axe to grind.
2015 was a banner year for jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. The highlight was his stint as Musician-in-Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival. In an effort to keep his string of good luck going, Metheny is putting the finishing touches on two new albums, The Unity Sessions and Cuong Vu Meets Pat Metheny. Both are scheduled to drop on May 6th.
Right on the heels of 'Encore,' wherein 75-year old bassist Eberhard Weber stitched together tapes of in-concert solos with new arrangements and instruments, comes 'Hommage a Eberhard Weber,' a January 2015 two-night various-artists tribute in Stuttgart, Germany. Weber, who hasn't performed since his 2007 stroke, had his former bandmates, including guitarist Pat Metheny, soprano sax men Jan Gabarek and Paul McCandless (also on oboe) and vibes master Gary Burton, plus two conductors, the SWR Big Band and an extra rhythm section for the 35-minute title track, perform his originals.
Every single one of singer Kurt Elling's 10 previous albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award (he won in 2009). Now comes album #11, 'Passion World,' five years in the making, a world music potpourri of intriguing images, melodies, sadness and surprise.
September 30 will see an astounding release from the recently revived impulse! record label (a branch of Universal Music France and distributed by Blue Not Records in the U.S.). Charlie Haden-Jim Hall, a stunning duo performance from the illustrious pair at the 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The 18th and Vine area may be slow to renovation but the latest project in creating a Jazz Walk of Fame should be a tangible way to generate some much-needed tourism.
Sweet. Bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius will be the focus of Stephen Kijak's new documentary. The film will be the official selection of this year's Record Store Day, and Omnivore Records--on a separate note--will release a collection of found sessions by the bassist from 1976.