These terms of service may be updated or modified at any time without prior notice. Metheny spotted alone. [15] In the liner notes on the 2-disc Montgomery compilation Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides, Metheny is quoted as saying, "Smokin' at the Half Note is the absolute greatest jazz-guitar album ever made. The latter are usually more focused on straight ahead jazz than the PMG, which tends to be all original music composed by Metheny. While Mays’ first professional gig out of college was playing with Woody Herman’s band, it was his work with Metheny that defined the next 30 years of his career. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, and jazz fusion. I really think your playing is the best I’ve heard you play,’” Mays told writer Martin Johnson. The next year, he recorded a guitar duet with Jim Hall (Telarc, 1999), whose work has strongly influenced Metheny's. During the next year, he joined Gary Burton's band with guitarist Mick Goodrick. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and other side projects. As a young guitarist, Metheny tried to sound like Wes Montgomery, but when he was 14 or 15, he decided it was disrespectful to imitate him. Mays’ jazz studies landed him at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), where he studied under the direction of Leon Breeden and joined the school’s prestigious One O’Clock Lab Band, alongside bassist and future collaborator Marc Johnson and future Freddie Hubbard drummer Steve Houghton. [12][13], The long list of his collaborators includes Lyle Mays, Bill Frisell, Billy Higgins, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Dewey Redman, Eberhard Weber, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius, Jim Hall, John Scofield, Joni Mitchell, Joshua Redman, Marc Johnson, Michael Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Roy Haynes, Steve Swallow, and Tony Williams.[14]. It is also the record that taught me how to play.". In 2012, he formed the Unity Band with Antonio Sánchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass and Chris Potter on saxophone. He was born on August 12, 1954 at Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual interactions on Facebook, Instagram Live and Zoom quickly replaced…. I will miss him with all my heart.”. Both Rodby and Wertico were members of the Simon and Bard Group at the time and had played in Simon-Bard in Chicago before joining Metheny. His parents were fans of Glenn Miller and swing music. At age 9, Lyle played organ at a family member’s wedding, and at age 14 he began to play organ in church. Contests & Promotions: DownBeat.com may offer contests or promotions that are sponsored by or co-sponsored with identified third parties. He is best known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. Fort Adams State Park—traditionally home to the Newport Jazz Festival—was uncharacteristically quiet the first week…, Bassist Gary Peacock, who performed and recorded alongside trailblazing bandleaders Albert Ayler, Keith Jarrett and…. “I was like ... thanks [shrugs]. While the specific cause of death was not made public by press time, Mays’ niece, jazz vocalist Aubrey Johnson, said in a social media post that it came “after a long battle with a recurring illness.”, “Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word,” she wrote. I have to give Pat credit; he kind of talked me into doing it.”. [6], Metheny's life changed after hearing the album Four & More by Miles Davis. Help keep Pat Metheny profile up to date. During this period the Steppenwolf Theater Company of Chicago featured compositions by Metheny and Mays for their production of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans, where it has remained special optional music for all productions of the play around the world since. Mays became the group’s chief arranger, with his distinctive touch and impressionistic piano solos heard on the band’s Grammy-nominated album, Lab ’75! Pat Metheny is a member of the following lists: Geffen Records artists, Grammy Award winners and 1954 births. If you come to my house, you won't see a wall of trophies or things like that. Your email address will not be published. Metheny and Mays themselves refer[citation needed] to the next three Pat Metheny Group releases as a triptych: We Live Here (Geffen, 1995), Quartet (Geffen, 1996), and Imaginary Day (Warner Bros., 1997). 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