The Pat Metheny Interviews

The Inner Workings of His Creativity Revealed

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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

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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

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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.

The Invisible Artist

Arrangers in Popular Music (1950-2000)

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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.

DownBeat--the Great Jazz Interviews

A 75th Anniversary Anthology

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Author: Frank Alkyer

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423463849

Category: Music

Page: 340

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Collects interviews from DownBeat's seventy-five year history, including conversations with Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Joe Zawinul.

From Dreaming to Gigging

Jazz Guitar in 6 Months

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Author: Richard Niles

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517047153

Category:

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

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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.

Down Beat

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Jazz

Page: N.A

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The contemporary music magazine.

The Bandzilla Songbook

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Author: Richard Niles

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541083226

Category:

Page: 236

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Dr. RICHARD NILES, composer, guitarist and leader of the acclaimed jazz-fusion orchestra BANDZILLA presents THE BANDZILLA SONGBOOK. 236 pages of leadsheets, keyboard, vocal and guitar parts and lyrics from the CD "BANDZILLA RISES!!!." Also included are transcribed instrumental solos from Randy Brecker, Nigel Hitchcock, Mark Nightingale, Steve Hamilton, John Thirkell and Richard Niles. Each composition is introduced by Niles with information about the recording and photos of the performers. Intermediate to advanced level, the book is essential for students and professionals. QUOTES: "Richard Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force." PAT METHENY "BANDZILLA RISES!!! is a really well-crafted work...great production, conception and playing from all concerned!" RANDY BRECKER "Very nice! Super fonky! Holds a place dear to my heart... a very cool project." BOB MINTZER "Incredible playing, music, arrangements, production... Wow!" MARTIN TAYLOR, MBE "Wow! Some pretty hip stuff here, Man! Very entertaining and a very cool new way of treating the big band genre. Bravo!" DAVE KOZ "Every musician on the planet is going to want a copy of this!" DON WAS "It's a masterpiece of contemporary music... the music world needs this recording now more than ever!" DANNY GOTTLIEB "I love the music and your voicings are off the chain. Really creative and well performed. Awesome work." BILL CHAMPLIN "BANDZILLA is a monster in every way - monster charts performed by monster players and singers. A monster joy to listen to!" CHRIS WALDEN "No one else is doing things at this level of creativity and craft. Everyone needs to hear this record." MATTHEW NICHOLL (Berklee College Of Music) "This music is and always will be important, relevant and above all beautiful." DANN GLENN "Classy, sassy...and insanely accomplished!" CORINNE DREWERY (Swing Out Sister) "Absolutely knockout! The Musicianship throughout is a joy to behold." GARY HUSBAND "Richard Niles is one of the most innovative, creative and musical composer/arrangers of our time. Experience the rise!" BLAKE AARON "Richard Niles unleashed in BANDZILLA is like a wonderfully bonkers rollercoaster journey into his expansive musical brain!" STEVE ANDERSON "Great album from a premier composer/arranger!" PETER WHITE CD "BANDZILLA RISES!!!" available from www.bandzilla.net