|Pat Metheny Unity Group|
|Kin (<-->) (February 4, 2014)|
Pat Metheny Unity Group — Kin (<-->) (February 4, 2014)
≡≡ Album znovu zkoumá pojetí pohledu na svět a jeho jednoty, jakožto jakési globální vesnice. Tak to Metheny dělal už předtím na albech “Letter from Home” a “We Live Here”.
♠≡ Ideou alba z hudebního hlediska je zachování koncepce Unity bandu a posunutí o trochu dál, takže v jádru bude větší prostor pro orchestraci, tím by KIN mohlo být jako Technicolor, IMAX .
♠≡ V tabulce uvádím přijetí alba na celém světě. Z tabulky jasně vyplývá, že jednoznačně bylo přijato v USA, kde v US Billboard 200 zaujalo pozici #50, mezi jazzovými alby dokonce zvítězilo (#1). Ve zbytku světa se překvapivě dostalo do první dvacítky pouze v Itálii (#14) a tuto metu jen těsně líže v Polsku (#21).
♠≡ Metheny je jedním z prvních jazzových kytaristů, který začal používat kytarový syntezátor Roland GR–300. Zatímco John Abercrombie a Bill Frisell kytarové syntezátory Roland používají také, Metheny je pouze jedním ze tří, kteří ho používají dodnes a pravidelně. Na rozdíl od mnoha uživatelů, Metheny se omezuje na velmi malý počet zvuků. V rozhovorech argumentoval, že s každou z barev, dosažitelných přes kytarové syntézy by se mělo zacházet jako se samostatným nástrojem a že on se pokusil ovládnout každý z těchto ‘nástrojů’, namísto užívání syntezátoru pro případnou další barvu. Tento nástroj se mj vyznačuje 6–ti hlasou polyfonií a dvěma oscilátory pro hlas. Doba odezvy je v něm 3.32 ms.
Přijetí alba ve světě:
≡≡ Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) #66
≡≡ Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) #100
≡≡ Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) #65
≡≡ French Albums (SNEP) #161
≡≡ German Albums (Official Top 100) #64
≡≡ Italian Albums (FIMI) #14
≡≡ Polish Albums (ZPAV) #21
≡≡ Portuguese Albums (AFP) #24
≡≡ Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) #66
≡≡ US Billboard 200 #50
≡≡ US Jazz Albums (Billboard) #1 ≡♣≡ “The year 2013 was a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz guitarist to be chosen for that honor, joining Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and Wes Montgomery.”
Location: New York
Album released: 3 February 2014
Recorded: June 2013
Record Label: Nonesuch
01. On Day One 15:16
02. Rise Up 11:57
03. Adagia 2:15
04. Sign Of The Season 10:14
05. Kin (<-->) 11:06
06. Born 7:51
07. Genealogy 0:38
08. We Go On 5:33
09. Kqu 5:27
≡♠ Pat Metheny — electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synth, electronics, orchestrionics, synths
≡♠ Chris Potter — tenor sax, bass clarinet, soprano sax, clarinet, alto flute, bass flute
≡♠ Antonio Sanchez — drums, cajon
≡♠ Ben Williams — acoustic and electric basses
≡♠ Giulio Carmassi — piano, trumpet, trombone, french horn, cello, vibes, clarinet, flute, recorder, alto sax, Wurlitzer, whistling and vocals
≡♠ Produced by Pat Metheny
≡♠ Associate Producer: Steve Rodby
≡♠ Recorded and Mixed by Pete Karam
≡♠ Recorded June 2013 at MSR Studios, New York, NY
≡♠ Assistant Engineer: Fred Sladkey
≡♠ Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
≡♠ Technical Direction: David Oakes
≡♠ Guitars and Orchestrion Technician: Carolyn Chrzan
≡♠ Orchestrion Technician: Austin Stillwell
≡♠ Piano Technician: Mike Micciov
≡♠ Production Coordination: David Sholemson
≡♠ Art Direction and Design: Doyle Partners
≡♠ Photograph of the Pat Metheny Unity Group by Jimmy Katz
≡♠ All Compositions by Pat Metheny
≡♠ Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
≡♠ Ben Williams appears courtesy of Concord Jazz
♠≡ Antonio Sanchez plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Remo Drumheads, LP Percussion, and Cympad Fets exclusively. Chris Potter plays Rico Jazz Select reeds.
♠≡ Despite the innovation, many PMG fans have nostalgically longed for the return of more accessible material. Kin (<-->), the Unity Band’s sophomore outing, should please fans of all Metheny stripes. The band is now a quintet with multi–instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi. He plays piano, strings, brass, winds, vibes, voice, and more. While the frontline remains the guitarist and Potter, the rhythm section of Williams and Sanchez is fluid in earthy and ethereal modes, seamlessly providing grooves and force, often simultaneously. Carmassi’s contributions balance melody, form, texture, and interactive dynamics. Metheny's ability to convey an almost hummable sense of melodic euphoria was at the heart of the PMG’s sound.
♠≡ Last year, for the first time since 1980, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added another musician, multi–instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. The Group’s first record, Kin (←→), will be released by Nonesuch on February 4, 2014. The vinyl includes two 140–gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.
♠≡ The Pat Metheny Unity Group will tour to 44 cities throughout North America this winter, beginning February 3, then tour Europe from April through June.
♠≡ Metheny says of this new Group, “The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio, and me played more than 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research.” He continues, “Simultaneously, I had been itching to write using more of a lush and orchestrated kind of concept that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight–ahead quartet might invoke. But I really didn’t want to lose the energy, focus, and intensity of what this band had developed. I wanted to take it further. If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be — but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.”Editorial Reviews
♠≡ In 2012, for the first time since 1980, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Metheny added another musician, multi–instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group. Their first record is Kin ( ). The vinyl includes two 140–gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.
♠≡ “If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.”
♠≡ Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His record–setting body of work includes 20 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award–winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others. His band the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.
By JOHN KELMAN, Published: January 28, 2014 | Score: ****½
|Pat Metheny Unity Group|
|Kin (<-->) (February 4, 2014)|