Pat Metheny: New label – New CD – March 5, 2021

Pat Metheny’s career is ever moving forward and this latest jaunt in his musical journey is no exception. After roughly two decades and a little over a year since his last recording for Nonesuch (From This Place), Pat has signed on with BMG’s Modern Recording, a recent label (2019) that touts itself as “…a label for new classical, jazz and electronic music, mostly instrumental but also extending to singer-songwriters. Music That Matters.

I am including a blurb from the labels website describing Pat’s soon to be released “Road To The Sun”.

There are only a handful of living musicians who can continually reinvent themselves year after year, and even fewer still who can claim to have maintained equal degrees of innovation and excellence across a career spanning decades.

Pat Metheny is one of the few artists in the world who can lay claim to such a description. On his latest album, Road To The Sun, Pat Metheny surprises us once again with his seemingly endless ability to harvest new vistas while retaining the instantly recognizable Metheny sound.

With two major new works, performed by five of the world ́s leading guitarists, Metheny charts a new way of obliterating boundaries between genres while simultaneously unveiling new facets of an already expansive personal language.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” was tapped by Metheny to perform his four-movement solo guitar suite Four Paths Of Light.

The centerpiece of this landmark recording is Road To The Sun, a six-movement piece for fellow Grammy-award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet LAGQ – Metheny describes them as “one of the best bands in the world”.

In the end, Road To The Sun is nothing if not another truly great Pat Metheny record. It will rank alongside Secret Story, Bright Size Life, 80/81,One Quiet Night, Still Life (talking), Song X, and all the rest as being yet another unexpected and almost willfully inscrutable plot twist, inevitable to a genre with only one common element: Metheny himself.

I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a new chapter in the musical journey of Pat Metheny. More to come!

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