On From This Place, Pat Metheny is joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda May Han Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock, the Hollywood Studio Symphony led by Joel McNeely, and special guests Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and Luis Conte (percussion). "This is extraordinary music," says Stereogum. “His most audacious album yet," exclaims Mojo, "a breathtakingly immersive experience that affirms Metheny as a consummate musical storyteller. A transcendent album, From This Place is possibly the Missouri fretboard maestro’s most impressive opus yet.” Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for the title track.
Pat Metheny's new album, From This Place, will be released on Nonesuch Records on February 21, 2020. The record features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined by his long-time drummer, Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock as well as the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Joel McNeely. Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and Luis Conte (Percussion) are special guests on From This Place, Metheny’s first album of new material since 2014’s Kin (←→).
"From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life," Metheny says. "It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand."
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 twenty Grammy Awards in twelve separate categories and in an amazing streak was the only bandleader to win Grammy Awards for seven consecutive releases; a series of influential trio recordings; award-winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists like Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others.
Produced by Pat Metheny
Co-Produced by Steve Rodby
Recorded by Pete Karam at at Avatar Studio, New York, NY
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Avatar Studio Manager: Tino Passante
Avatar Assistant Engineer: Luke Klingensmith
Production Coordinator: David Sholemson
Guitar Tech: Carolyn Chrzan
Technical Direction: David Oakes
Hollywood Studio Symphony recorded at Sony Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Photographs by Steve Rodby and Rich Breen
Pat Metheny, guitars, keyboards
Gwilym Simcock, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass, voice
Antonio Sanchez, drums
Meshell Ndegeocello, vocals
Grégoire Maret, harmonica
Luis Conte, percussion
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Joel McNeely, conductor
Violin: Roger Wilkie, Julie Gigante, Tammy Hatwan, Tereza Stanislav, Jessica Guideri, Jackie Brand, Phillip Levy, Helen Nightengale, Maia Jasper, Sarah Thornblade, Eun-Mee Ahn, Songa Lee, Charlie Bisharat, Serena McKinney, Natalie Leggett, Amy Hershberger, Sara Parkins, Ben Jacobson, Lorenz Gamma
Viola: Shawn Mann, Alma Fernandez, Meredith Crawford, David Walther, Lynne Richburg, Diana Wade, Darrin McCann, Rob Brophy
Cello: Andrew Shulman, Jacob Braun, Trevor Handy, Eric Byers, Cecilia Tsan, Dane Little, Vanessa Freebairn Smith
Bass: Nico Abondolo, Steve Dress
Flute: Heather Clark, Jenni Olson, Steve Kujala
Clarinet: Dan Higgins, Stuart Clark
French Horn: Dylan Hart, Laura Brenes
Trombone: Alex Iles, Steve Holtman, Bill Reichenbach