The Pat Metheny Interviews

The Inner Workings of His Creativity Revealed


Author: Richard Niles

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423474692

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 161

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Pat Metheny has not only revolutionised his instrument, the guitar, but also changed the face of jazz itself.

Pat Metheny

The ECM Years, 1975-1984


Author: Mervyn Cooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190651903

Category: Music

Page: 208

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The guitarist and composer Pat Metheny ranks among the most popular and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984, Mervyn Cooke offers the first in-depth account of Metheny's early creative period, during which he recorded eleven stunningly varied albums for the pioneering European record label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music). This impressive body of recordings encompasses both straight-ahead jazz playing with virtuosic small ensembles and the increasingly complex textures and structures of the Pat Metheny Group, a hugely successful band also notable for its creative exploration of advanced music technologies which were state-of-the-art at the time. Metheny's music in all its shapes and forms broke major new ground in its refusal to subscribe to either of the stylistic poles of bebop and jazz-rock fusion which prevailed in the late 1970s. Through a series of detailed analyses based on a substantial body of new transcriptions from the recordings, this study reveals the close interrelationship of improvisation and pre-composition which lies at the very heart of the music. Furthermore, these analyses vividly demonstrate how Metheny's music is often conditioned by a strongly linear narrative model: both its story-telling characteristics and atmospheric suggestiveness have sometimes been compared to those of film music, a genre in which the guitarist also became active during this early period. The melodic memorability for which Metheny's compositions and improvisations have long been world-renowned is shown to be just one important element in an unusually rich and flexible musical language that embraces influences as diverse as bebop, free jazz, rock, pop, country & western, Brazilian music, classical music, minimalism, and the avant-garde. These elements are melded into a uniquely distinctive soundworld which, above all, directly reflects Metheny's passionate belief in the need to refashion jazz in ways which can allow it to speak powerfully to each new generation of youthful listeners.

Watching Jazz

Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen


Author: Björn Heile,Peter Elsdon,Jenny Doctor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190456825

Category: Music

Page: 400

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Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen is the first systematic study of jazz on screen media. Where earlier studies have focused almost entirely on the role and portrayal of jazz in Hollywood film, the present book engages with a plethora of technologies and media from early film and soundies through television to recent developments in digital technologies and online media. Likewise, the authors discuss jazz in the widest sense, ranging from Duke Ellington and Jimmy Dorsey through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus to Pat Metheny. Much of this rich and fascinating material has never been studied in depth before, and what emerges most clearly are the manifold connections between the music and the media on which it was and is being recorded. Its long association with film and television has left its trace in jazz, just as online and social media are subtly shaping it now. Vice versa, visual media have always benefited from focusing on music and this significantly affected their development. The book follows these interrelations, showing how jazz was presented and represented on screen and what this tells us about the music, the people who made it and their audiences. The result is a new approach to jazz and the media, which will be required reading for students of both fields.

DownBeat - The Great Jazz Interviews

A 75th Anniversary Anthology


Author: Frank Alkyer

Publisher: Hal Leonard

ISBN: 147685503X

Category: Music

Page: 340

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(Book). Culled from the DownBeat archives includes in-depth interviews with literally every great jazz artist and personality that ever lived! In honor of its 75th anniversary, DownBeat 's editors have brought together in this one volume the best interviews, insights, and photographs from the illustrious history of the world's top jazz magazine, DownBeat . This anthology includes the greatest of DownBeat 's Jazz Hall of Famers: from early legends like Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman; to bebop heroes like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; to truly unique voices like Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk; to the pioneers of the electric scene like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Joe Zawinul. The Great Jazz Interviews delivers the legends of jazz, talking about America's music and America itself, in their own words. Features classic photos and magazine covers fron Downbeat 's vast archive.

The Invisible Artist

Arrangers in Popular Music (1950-2000)


Author: Richard Niles

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781495383465

Category: Music

Page: 490

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"This is an in-depth study of arrangers in pop, analyzing their techniques and revealing their significant contribution to popular music"--p. 4 of cover.

From Dreaming to Gigging

Jazz Guitar in 6 Months


Author: Richard Niles

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517047153


Page: 160

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Composer, producer, guitarist Dr. Richard Niles has worked with jazz artists such as Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Bob James and Martin Taylor. He brings this experience to a book designed to teach jazz guitar in 24 weekly lessons to guitarists who play other styles such as folk, rock or classical music. No prior knowledge is assumed in this complete course but it is also useful for more experienced players who want to refresh or expand their knowledge. Subjects covered include: jazz harmony and theory, advanced concepts of improvisation, the most effective ways to practice to get the fastest results, how to read and understand 'lead sheets' and how to perform confidently on gigs and sessions. Niles offers ideas to stimulate your creativity, demonstrated with a wealth of musical exercises and etudes written in traditional notation and TAB. Each chapter ends with recommended listening, brief biographies of jazz guitar greats. There is a list of essential jazz standards as well as recommended books for further study. Dr. Niles has lectured internationally. Accolades have come from some of the world's finest guitarists. "Niles brings a complete course in jazz harmony to your door." Don Peake "Essential reading for all musicians, whether you're just starting out or an experienced player. You'll find this book both insightful and entertaining." Martin Taylor MBE "An essential, indispensable and fun guide for every guitarist." Jim Mullen "Niles has crafted a progressive, entertaining and multi-dimensional tutorial." Laurence Juber "Biting humor and erudite scholarship. A classic." Mitch Dalton "Richard Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force." 20 x Grammy winning artist Pat Metheny

Music and the Creative Spirit

Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde


Author: Lloyd Peterson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810852845

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 333

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Music and the Creative Spirit is a book of interviews with today's innovators in Jazz, Improvisation, and the Avant Garde, including Pat Metheny, Regina Carter, Fred Anderson, John Zorn, Joshua Redman, and others.



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