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March 24, 2010

New Pat Metheny Book: The Pat Metheny Interviews

This new Pat Metheny book is the result of a series of in-depth interviews with Pat Metheny, done by Richard Niles for the BBC.

In the book Pat Metheny demonstrates his methodologies on guitar, talks about his motivations, how he achieves his goals and about the philosophies behind his music.

Some of his colleagues like Lyle Mays, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Burton, John Patitucci and Michael Brecker have also contributed to the book.

Amazon Rating: stars

The Pat Metheny Interviews costs $13.95 (at the time of writing) and is available at Amazon here.

The Pat Metheny Orchestration Tour

Pat Metheny will be touring with his Orchestration Project from April 6 to May 22, 2010.

The tour is solo, but then again not really solo: he’s touring with an Orchestrionic band: acoustic instruments that are mechanically controlled by solenoids (3-dimensional coils) and pneumatics.

Tickets are available here:

http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tickets/pat-metheny-tickets.aspx?kbid=3407

Orchestrionics is something else, here’s a video:

Related Links: Pat Metheny’s Guitar Gear, 7 Pat Metheny Licks

Russell Malone Playing in the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band

Russell Malone plays in the MJF 52 All-Star Band who’s doing a nationwide, 6-week tour.  Other players include Kenny Barron (piano), Kurt Elling (vocals), Johnathan Blake (drums) and Kiyoshi Kitagawa (Bass).

The East Coast tour ran in February, the West Coast tour starts on April 14, 2010 and ends on May 1.

Tickets are available here:

http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tickets/monterey-jazz-festival-tour-tickets.aspx

Here’s a video of Russell Malone playing a chord solo in the All-Star Band:



Jim Hall Interview + Hide and Seek

Here’s a video of Jim Hall playing his composition Hide and Seek and talking about his influences.

He started playing when he was 9 (I wish I started playing at that age, could have been quiet a difference…), and heard Charlie Christian on the radio when he was 13, an event that changed his life.  Another major influence at that time was Django Reinhardt, but then he started listening more to piano and sax players such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, Art Tatum and Bill Evans.  Listening to those players totally changed his guitar playing style…

Related: Jim Hall Lick, Jim Hall’s Guitar Gear