When talking about jazz guitar great PAT METHENY's long and stellar career, two words come to mind above all others: lyrical and versatile. In a genre with a long history of creative guitarists, Metheny stands out for his open-hearted melodic sensibility, and his desire to explore the widest range of musical and technical possibilities.
Metheny hails from Kansas City, Missouri, at the edge of the great plains, and many of his best-loved pieces evoke the softly rolling spaces of the American heartland. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet music, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock, free improvisation to hymns, minimalism to classical.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space from guest producer REED THORNE, we highlight the lyrical, ambient side of Pat Metheny's music, on a program called HEARTLAND: A PAT METHENY RETROSPECTIVE.