Back at the Barbican again last night to see Pat Metheny trawling through the Pat Metheny Group Songbook (in other words, a “greatest hits” tour). Genius of balearic melodo-jazz or self-indulgent guitar wank-fest? The jury is still out. Compared to the last time we saw him (Hammersmith Odeon, early 90’s), the absence of vocalists and percussion robs the tracks of a certain something (the PMG performed as a quartet this time). So…far from a waste of time (and £65), but it fell slightly short of expectations.
One genuinely interesting moment came when PM did a solo spot playing what I later found out to be a 42 string guitar. As illustrated in this clip:
Finally, a bit of vintage Metheny for you that I used on my recent Philips MPBC Series Mix – PM playing on a lovely Celia Vaz track from 1981…
Download Celia Vaz – Mutacao (right click)