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- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Nonesuch Releases Debut Recording from Pat Metheny Unity Group, "Kin (←→)," on February 4; World Tour Begins February 3
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, and is available to pre-order with an exclusive print autographed by Metheny. The Pat Metheny Unity Group will tour North America starting February 3 and Europe in the spring.
- Friday, September 20, 2013
Pat Metheny, who won his 20th Grammy Award earlier this year for his 2012 album Unity Band, has announced the expansion of that band, featuring Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, and Ben Williams, to include multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi in the Pat Metheny Unity Group. The Unity Group will release a new album on Nonesuch Records in 2014 (details to come) and will launch a world tour in February in North America, followed by Europe in the spring. Fan ticket pre-sales begins today. "The Unity Band project was life-changing for me," writes Metheny. "With Giulio added to the core-four of us ... this is one of the strongest bands I have ever had. Just about anything will be possible."
About this Album
Metheny works in a quartet lineup for this acoustic set, which, says the Boston Herald, “ranges from the dreamy, New Age guitar style Metheny practically invented to the free jazz that has long been a part of his arsenal.”
Pat Metheny, acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string guitar, 42-string pikasso guitar, e-bows and slide, soprano guitars, fretless guitar, guitar synth
Lyle Mays, piano, non-tuned spinet piano, celeste, pedal harmonium, autoharps, electric piano, clavinet
Steve Rodby, acoustic bass, piccolo bass
Paul Wertico, drums, percussion
Produced by Pat Metheny
Co-produced by Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby
Associate Producer: David Oakes
Recorded and mixed by Rob Eaton
Assistant Engineer: Joe Lizzi
Technical Coordination: David Oakes
Recorded May 1996 at Right Track Studio, New York, NY
Originally mastered and remastered for the reissue by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15 composed by Metheny; tracks 6, 8, 12 by Mays; tracks 4, 13 by Metheny, Mays; tracks 3, 7, 11 by Metheny, Mays, Rodby, Wertico.
Art Direction: Greenberg Kingsley/NYC
Adapted by 3+Co.
Studio photos by David Cantori, Latifa Azhar