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For close to four decades now Pat Metheny has thrilled jazz fans with his cutting-edge guitar work. Metheny's unique playing style has touched on elements of fusion, post bop, progressive jazz, folk, and even free-form avant garde. Along with Larry Coryell, Bill Frisell, John McLaughlin, and John Scofield, he has become synonymous with jazz guitar and dominates the upper echelon of the form. In 2007 noted critic and jazz historian Richard Niles wrote, produced, and hosted a three-part series for the BBC that focused in-depth on the career of this jazz guitar giant. Now for the first time ever in print, Hal Leonard presents those interviews in full along with many others that reveal the inner workings of the musician's relentless drive and dedication. Through his numerous conversations with Metheny, Niles uncovers step-by-step how the guitarist developed unique style. In his own words, Metheny describes his methodology as a guitarist, improviser and composer and explains his creative process and how it has evolved over time. He reflects on the lessons of his experience—his journey from sideman to bandleader and what he's learned from the road. Metheny also discloses the underlying philosophies that shape his work and the backstories behind some of his most notable albums. To demonstrate these concepts and methodologies, the book includes dozens of accurate musical transcriptions. Alongside the insightful interviews with Metheny himself, the book includes contributions from some of the guitarist's closest colleagues, including Lyle Mays, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, Metheny's brother, Mike Metheny, and the late Michael Brecker, as well as many never-before-seen photos from Pat Metheny's own archive. On his playing "What you love is an incredibly accurate compass" Matheny states, "That's the key right there: to follow that compass."
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