With the release of Unity Band
(Nonesuch, 2012), guitarist Pat Metheny
has delivered one of the best records of his career, and his first to feature tenor saxophone since his already classic-status 80/81
(ECM, 1980). With both Michael Brecker
and Dewey Redman
sadly deceased, the mantle falls upon Chris Potter
, and in a career that has seen the barely 40 year-old saxophonist go from triumph to triumph, the guitarist couldn't have picked a better foil for this set of nine new Metheny originals, brought to even greater life by up-and-coming bassist Ben Williams
and longtime Metheny collaborator, drummer Antonio Sanchez
Unity Band is on tour now, but in the midst of its busy schedule, All About Jazz was able to line up interviews with all four of its members, and we'll be running these Catching Up With
features, one each day, starting today with Metheny. Be sure to read Lawrence Peryer
's Pat Metheny: Pulling It All Together
, today at AAJ. You can also read Troy Collins
' review of a recent Unity Band date
at Longwood Gardens
Tuesday will feature R.J. DeLuke
's Chris Potter: Personal Stamp
, Wednesday will see Ian Patterson
's Antonio Sanchez: Doing It All
, and coverage will wrap-up on Thursday with Daniel Lehner
's Ben Williams: The Effect of Sound
All About Jazz continues to bring you the most extensive coverage anywhere, so be sure to visit us for the next four days, and find out what the buzz for Pat Metheny's Unity Band is all about.
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