After Orchestrion - Pat Metheny and Group Play at the Barbican in July 2010
Posted: 24th February 2010
Regular visitors to this fine site will probably have gathered the fact that we like a spot of Pat Metheny - the review of his latest album struck all the right chords and hit all of the right notes (puns intended). To strengthen the 5-star review for 'Orchestrion', the solo album release that sounds like an orchestra, we embedded a short film on the making of it. You can still view it from the link on the right, under 'reviews'. However, before you view the film, you must read the below.
Pat is coming back to London this summer for a special date starring the Pat Metheny Group at the Barbican, this time with Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby and Antonio Sanchez. The band have recorded some landmark albums since the 70s including 'American Garage', 'Still Life (Talking)' and 'The Way Up', the latter being released in 2005.
His solo 'Orchestrion' appearance in February received generally welcome reviews from critics, despite the machinery involved having a 'sulk' at the end of the evening, leaving Metheny with no choice but to 'solo' it out completely. But the idea of having dozens of instruments all inter-linked by tappets and wires, plus a digital brain and Metheny's dexterous guitar-playing, is to be applauded.
This new performance will see the Metheny quartet deliver a more organic session and will take place on July 10th at the same venue, same time and gives new-comers and Pat addicts a chance to view this exceptional jazz ensemble in the flesh.
Tickets are from £10 to £65 - please note that this is a Group performance!