The contemporary jazz sounds of the Pat Metheny Group will resurface in January 2005.
Sixteen-time Grammy Award winner and guitarist Pat Metheny has been reunited with one of his earliest collaborators as his albums will now be released by Nonesuch Records. The label is owned by Warner Bros., which has released Pat’s most recent albums.
Robert Hurwitz, the president of Nonesuch, was integral in Pat’s early career when he released several albums on the ECM label. As part of the new deal, the Pat Metheny Group will release a new album on January 11th.
Pat released a solo guitar album last year, One Quiet Night, but the music he creates with the Pat Metheny Group has much more of a smooth jazz influence. His last CD with the Pat Metheny Group, Speaking of Now from 2002, went to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and picked up a Grammy for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album. It featured the single “As It Is.”
In addition to presenting Metheny’s new music, the entire Metheny catalog from 1985 through the present – with the some of the music remastered and remixed – will become available on Nonesuch. The Pat Metheny Group will begin a world tour in February.