Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-09-17 08:41:08 –
When jazz guitarist Pat Metheny was born in 1954, his father and maternal grandfather were already amateur and professional trumpet players, respectively. Both Pat and his brother Mike paid attention and began to follow in the footsteps of family music.
That changed when Metheny saw the Beatles play in 1964. Ed Sullivan Show.. On his 12th birthday, he received his first guitar, the Gibson ES-140. Eventually, he discovered trumpet player Miles Davis and guitarist Wes Montgomery. These are the twin influences that led the guitarist to a lifelong pursuit of jazz.
But this was not traditional jazz. Recognized as a musical genius from an early stage, Metheny created a unique sound that blended strong rhythmic sensibilities with the flexible articulations of horn players. Grammy-winning guitar master James Francies on keyboards and Joe Dyson on drums will explore its unique sound at the Pabst Theater on October 14th.
Metheny took time from his current US and European tours to discuss music, his latest album, and life during the COVID pandemic.
Side eye NYC (V.1.IV) Released in September. How is this album different from your previous efforts?
Similar to trip Also Trio> Live I feel that it happens to be live. This is about half of all new music and feels like a newer record than a regular live recording. The place we went was almost coincidental, but it didn’t mean bad. We were so focused on music that it would have been okay if there were no people there.
This is a really special band. I have led many trios, but this is the first trio without a bassist. That said, the amount of space we cover is really vast.
The album before you, Road to the sunFeaturing the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and classical guitarist Jason Voorhees, he leaned towards classical music. How did your composition approach differ from jazz?
I’m trying to get closer to understanding the broadest meaning of music, what it means to me, and how it works. It’s one of the great things about being a musician and being able to stay around the globe while being more aware of how the currency of music can stand as a measure of things, to me personally. Is basically the case.
For many years my main job description was the bandleader who composed most of the music. Leaders are fully served by leveraging the strengths, talents and skills of those selected to join you along the way.
For both LAGQ and Jason, I was very aware of their incredible talents and abilities that required not only their performances, but also the written, non-improvised material. The tradition requires composers to elaborate on every aspect of what is played on the page through a notation that will be available not only to these performers, but to other performers in the future. It represents the beauty of written through-composed songs. I think that’s the definition of what most people call “classical music.”
It’s not that I haven’t written a lot of famous music before, but the main difference here is that most of the time it may have been arranged, so it’s an environment for improvisation. The focus was on music designed to create. in some cases. These works are different.I have these works They are player, this It’s a performance, but at any point in the future, people should be able to play these pieces to get the full story.
You have listed Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery as important jazz influences in your life. Who influenced you on the classic side?
JS Bach, Stephen Reich, Bella Bartok, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner and Claude Debussy come to mind immediately. There are many others.
What do you want your musical heritage to be?
When it comes to “legacy”, I’m not thinking about it. I would really appreciate any special awards. I have an incredible honor and wouldn’t have expected it a million years later.
But my life is about enjoying what’s happening and then moving on. If you come to my house, you won’t see a single prize on the wall. I’m really grateful to them, honored and humbled by them, but my view is, “Well, tomorrow is next.” And really, what’s happening next is the only thing for me.
You have embarked on a major tour in the uncertain world of COVID. What are your biggest concerns?
There is a difficult but simple truth. If the audience likes live music and musicians want to come and play in Wisconsin, everyone needs to be vaccinated. period. No one has the right to give polio, smallpox, or this to me or my friends or family. I’m pretty tired of all these things. Answering your question, the biggest challenge we face on this tour is dealing with 20% of our fellow Americans who are selfish dislikes, the name of the bullshit of lies and stupid ass. Underneath is trying to beat the rest of us with them.
I am generally optimistic. One of the best things about being a musician is that Bb is always Bb no matter what is happening in the world. Music has transcendental truths, as is often the case with the basics. And I’m really looking forward to being in Pabst again. It’s one of my favorite places to play on earth!