Guitarist Pat Metheny is nothing if not ambitious, consistently displaying daring turns of musical direction throughout his three-decade career. Still, The Way Up may be his boldest release. Featuring a single composition more than an hour in length, the album presents Metheny at his best as bandleader, conceptualist, and composer, not to mention stunning instrumentalist. Abundant credit must also be given to his writing collaborator, longtime keyboardist Lyle Mays, and the overall contributions of the Pat Metheny Group, one of the most gifted bands in contemporary jazz. Metheny makes the most of the wide instrumental array that his musicians provide: trumpet, fretless bass, synthesizers, acoustic piano, vocals, varied percussion, and, with the addition of Gregoire Maret, harmonica. The overall effect is stunning, a magical, unclassifiable weave of sounds, musical genres, melodies, and rhythms. Taking advantage of the wealth of resources he now has at his disposal as well as tapping fully into his own musical maturity, Metheny has delivered a masterpiece.
Performance CreditsPat Metheny Group Primary Artist
Pat Metheny Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,Slide Guitar
Lyle Mays Piano,Keyboards,Toy Xylophone
Steve Rodby Violin,Electric Bass,Cello,Acoustic Bass
Antonio Sanchez Drums,Toy Xylophone
Cuong Vu Trumpet,Voices,Whistle (Instrument)
David Samuels Percussion
Richard Bona Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Voices
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Technical CreditsPat Metheny Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rob Eaton Engineer
Lyle Mays Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Steve Rodby Producer,Audio Production,Sheet Music
David Oakes Engineer
Carolyn Chrzan Guitar Techician
Pete Karam Engineer
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The Way Up based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I am not being mean when I say most modern jazz groups are like fast food, They give you a good tune that makes you move and tickels your music bone, BUT with that being said along comes Pat Metheny Group and you are taken on a journey of EPIC and the window that you are looking through will never be the same. You are never cocern with the destinition because you become apart of the journey and you never care where they take you. When Pat and Lyle are in the driver seat you know that the journey will be one that fills your soul to a level that you never thought it could come to. From; As Fall Witicha so falls Withica Falls to The Way up you feel that they are True Space and there is no limits.
"The Way up" is one of the best albums I've bought this year. It's unique, colorful, and full of rhythem. Each part has its own feel to it, and yet everything ties together in the end. If you haven't bought it, please go get it.
Without a doubt one of the best albums I've ever heard. Of course, I have a slight bias because I went to a concert during the Way Up tour and was mesmerized to say the least, but the album is still outstanding. It is not like Pat Metheny's solo albums; the number of instruments played (or at least the number I saw in concert) was around 100, as opposed to the usual 3. This is one of the most inspirational scores I've ever heard.
This CD is one of the most unbelieveable works of art I have ever heard. PMG crosses so many spectrums of jazz, it's just incredible. This CD is a must have for any jazz fan.