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1A Night Away (Metheny/Mehldau)7:59
2The Sound of Water (Metheny)3:53
3Fear and Trembling (Mehldau)6:56
4Don't Wait (Metheny)7:08
5Towards the Light (Metheny)8:10
6Long Before (Metheny)6:57
7En La Tierra Que No Olvida (Metheny)7:43
8Santa Cruz Slacker (Mehldau)6:09
9Secret Beach (Mehldau)9:07
10Silent Movie (Metheny)6:03
11Marta's Theme (from "Passagio per il Paradiso") (Metheny)2:31

News & Reviews

  • Pat Metheny Unity Group's North American Tour Culminates at NYC's Town Hall

    The Pat Metheny Unity Group—Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, and Giulio Carmassi—concluded the North American leg of its world tour, performing music from the debut album, Kin (←→), and much more at New York's Town Hall on Friday. "Metheny is one of the most industrious creative engines in jazz, and his relentless breadth has become a calling card, if not a selling point, among his fans," says the New York Times. "New York was his final stop on a grueling North American tour, which meant that the structure and pace of the production had been nailed down tight." The Group begins a months-long European tour at the end of April. 

  • Pat Metheny Unity Group's "Kin (←→)" Debuts at #1 on Billboard Jazz Chart

    Kin (←→), the debut album from Pat Metheny Unity Group—Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, and Giulio Carmassi—has premiered in the top spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. "There’s a sprightliness and a captivating agility present throughout this album, even in its more reflective and graceful moments," says MusicOMH in a four-star review. "This suggests a new ensemble taking complete joy in the art of making creative music and taking new risks."

About this Album

“Individually, the performers are as sharp as you would expect, but it is their interplay that sets this release apart. Mehldau’s knack for probing away at the structure of a tune and Metheny’s fleet-fingered flights of fancy complement each other beautifully.”—Independent (UK)

Nonesuch releases the second collaboration between guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau—Quartet—on March 13, 2007. The record features seven tracks written by Metheny, three by Mehldau, and one jointly written tune. Mehldau’s bandmates, drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, play on seven of the songs, while the remaining three are duets. The four musicians go on a 27-city North American tour—including stops in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago, Boston, Washington, and New York—March 15–April 15.

Quartet follows the 2006 release Metheny Mehldau, which primarily was a duet record (with Ballard and Grenadier on two tracks), and also featured original compositions by Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau. Jazzwise (UK)called that album “the jazz event of the year by some distance.” “I have followed Brad’s career closely as he has emerged as the major young jazz musician of his generation,” Metheny says. “Somehow it always seemed like we would do something together. From the first note of the first take of the first tune we played, we both could just play pretty much full out.”

Mehldau agrees: “When you do a collaborative project with someone, one thing that you hope is that neither of you will have to adjust too radically to make the other person comfortable. In this situation with Pat, it was the opposite.” He continues, “Having the chance to make music with Pat Metheny has been nothing short of a dream come true for me. Pat is one of the musicians who made me want to play jazz from an early age.”


Pat Metheny, guitar (1, 3, 6-8, 10, 11), 42-string guitar (2), acoustic guitar (4), guitar synth (5, 9)
Brad Mehldau, piano (1-11)
Larry Grenadier, bass (1-11)
Jeff Ballard, drums (1-11)


Produced by Pat Metheny
Recorded December 2005 at Right Track Recording, New York, NY
Engineered by Pete Karam
Assistant Engineers: Hyomin Kang, Angie Teo, Justin Schturtz
Mixed by Rob Eaton at Right Track Recording
Additional Mixing by Pete Karam
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Guitar Tech: Carolyn Chrzan
Production assistance: David Oakes

Design by Doyle Partners
Cover photograph by Arild Danielsen

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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