Pat Metheny Side-Eye

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Virtuoso jazz guitarist Pat Metheny’s career stretches back to the ’70s and encompasses popular infusions of rock and folk, eclectic experimentation, working with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, covering Paul Simon and John Zorn. Shining through it all are his stellar technique, fluid lyricism, sophisticated harmonics, and imaginative compositions and arrangements. Metheny’s current project, Side-Eye, focuses on a rotating cast of younger, up-and-coming musicians, now featuring Texas pianist James Francies and drummer Marcus Gilmore. —Rick Mason

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Winner of 20 Grammys and a 2018 NEA Jazz Master, guitarist Pat Metheny can do whatever he wants. For a time, he toured with his orchestrion, an orchestra of real acoustic instruments that played themselves, triggered by his guitar. Now he’s out with Side-Eye, which he describes as “an ongoing setting to feature a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way.” This edition features James Francies on keyboard and piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Francies’s first album as leader came out on Blue Note in 2018. Gilmore’s grandfather is drumming legend Roy Haynes. —Pamela Espeland

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