October 24, 2004

Pat Metheny Group's Upcoming CD Features One Song

The Way Up by the Pat Metheny Group has just one song. But it's more than an hour long.

Metheny.jpgSixteen-time Grammy Award winner and guitarist Pat Metheny has confirmed that the name of the new Pat Metheny Group album will be called The Way Up. The recording, the first from Metheny’s group since 2002’s Speaking Of Now, promises to be a little different – the album is a single, continuous 68-minute composition written by Metheny and longtime collaborator and pianist Lyle Mays.

The Pat Metheny Group also features Steve Rodby on acoustic and electric bass and cello, Cuong Vu on trumpet and vocals, Gregoire Maret on harmonica and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Says Metheny: “This is our most ambitious undertaking ever as a group – and we have never been so excited about a project. This record takes every aspect of the band to a new level.”

The Way Up will be released on Jan. 11, 2005.

In addition, Metheny has finalized several dates for a world tour, which begins Feb. 18 in Toronto and continues through early April. He then begins a tour of Japan and South Korea, with European dates to follow.

Posted by Brian Soergel at October 24, 2004 6:55 AM