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Unity Band

Pat Metheny

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7559.796150
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Antonio Sanchez(Drums),  Chris Potter(Sax (Soprano)),  Chris Potter(Sax (Tenor)),  Pat Metheny(Guitar (Acoustic)),  Pat Metheny(Guitar (Electric)),  Ben Williams(Bass (Acoustic)),  Chris Potter(Clarinet (Bass)),  James Farber(Engineer),  Pat Metheny(Producer),  Barbara de Wilde(Art Direction),  Bob Mallory(Assistant Engineer),  David Sholemson(Production Coordination),  Jack Vartoogian(Photography),  Pat Metheny(Composer),  Pete Karam(Mixing),  Robert Hurwitz(Executive Producer),  Ted Jensen(Mastering),  Steve Rodby(Associate Producer),  Carolyn Chrzan(Guitar Technician),  David Oakes(Technical Director),  Jimmy Katz(Back Cover Photo)

Product Description

On Unity Band, Pat Metheny reveals that he can look in two directions at once. The group he's assembled here is an all-star ensemble. Drummer Antonio Sanchez has been with him for a decade, while double bassist Ben Williams makes his first appearance with the guitarist, as does tenor saxophonist Chris Potter (whose soprano and bass clarinet playing are on display, too). Metheny makes full use of this ensemble's possibilities. That said, he looks back through his catalog and composes for this band from some of the information gleaned there. One can recall the swirling melodic euphoria of the Pat Metheny Group in the guitar and guitar-synth interplay in Roofdogs. On the ingenious Come and See, Metheny's many-stringed Picasso guitar meets Potter's bass clarinet to create a tonal inquiry before Williams and Sanchez establish a deep blue groove. When Potter adds his tenor and Metheny his electric, we get a Latinized swinging pulse that is ever so slightly reminiscent of the 80/81 band with Michael Brecker and Dewey Redman (this isn't the only place that happens here). Fans of Metheny's more abundantly lyrical side will appreciate the breezy sway of Leaving Town, though its melody -- twinned by his guitar and Potter -- is full of compelling tight turns, before the rhythm section evokes a deep, swinging blues and the guitarist gets refreshingly funky in his solo. On Signals Metheny uses his Orchestrion and guitar with live loops; the band employs live loops throughout the intro on top. Potter's tenor solo is emotive, grainy, and reaching, while the atmosphere recalls -- only generally -- the album the guitarist cut with Steve Reich. The nocturnal, smoky Then and Now has a torch ballad quality due to Potter's utterly songlike solo. Set closer Breakdealer begins at the boiling point and gets hotter. The title hints at what Sanchez does throughout the tune while pushing forward, but Williams not only keeps up, he adds propulsive shades of his own and rocks the arpeggiated changes fluidly. Metheny and Potter are free to sprint and they do; both dazzle with their lyric invention and knotty, imaginative, nearly boppish solos. The two front-line players are surely at their best in one another's company on the date; you expect them to be. Yet it's the rhythm section that astonishes thoroughly. Their interplay is not only intuitive, it's informative; it points to new corners for Metheny and Potter to explore. Given the guitarist's more compositional solo experiments of the last few years -- all of which have been very satisfying -- Unity Band is a return to what he does best: composing for, and playing with, a band of top-shelf players. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track List   

  • 01. New Year
  • 02. Roofdogs
  • 03. Come and See
  • 04. This Belongs to You
  • 05. Leaving Town
  • 06. Interval Waltz
  • 07. Signals (Orchestrion Sketch)
  • 08. Then and Now
  • 09. Breakdealer

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クリス・ポッター目当てで購入した。これま...

投稿日:2012/07/26 (木)

クリス・ポッター目当てで購入した。これまでCD70枚以上彼の演奏を聴き続けてきたが、ここでもこれまでの百戦錬磨の経験が活かされ素晴らしいアプローチでパット・メセニーの音楽に活気を与えていると思う。80/81でデューイー・レッドマンの素晴らしい演奏を聴いた時の興奮がよみがえった。

Jimmy さん | 神奈川県 | 不明

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パットメセニーの歴代のアルバムのなかでは...

投稿日:2012/07/18 (水)

パットメセニーの歴代のアルバムのなかでは、ごく普通で、良くも悪くもない。 特に特徴のあるアルバムとは思えない。 1,2回聴けば充分という感じ。

kei さん | 神奈川県 | 不明

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パットを聞き始めて25年立ちました・・・そ...

投稿日:2012/07/15 (日)

パットを聞き始めて25年立ちました・・・そしてこのアルバムは・・・断言しますがこのアルバムは素晴しいです♪そして是非このバンドをライブで!見てみたいと思いました!

シン さん | 千葉県 | 不明

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