Pat Metheny, Legendary Jazz Fusion Guitarist

Pat Metheny is a legendary jazz/jazz rock/jazz fusion/progressive jazz guitarist from the United States of America. Born in Lee’s Summit in Missouri on 12 August 1954, Metheny has had (and still has) a great musical career, having collaborated with early on in his professional musical beginnings with fantastic, innovative, and revolutionary American bassist Jaco Pastorius (best known for being a member of the legendary American jazz fusion/jazz rock band Weather Report) on Jaco’s unofficial entitled ‘Jaco’ and released in 1974.

Pat Metheny performing live, on stage, in Venice in Piazza San Marco at the 2010 edition of the Venice Jazz Festival on 23 July 2010. Image source: Commons Wikimedia

The recipient of numerous well-deserved and distinguished awards and honours, Metheny can be proud of some of the following achievements:

  • He is the only artist to date to have won Grammy Awards in as many as ten different categories;
  • He was inducted into the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame in 2013;
  • He received the Miles Davis Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1995;
  • He received the Orville H. Gibson Award in 1996;
  • He received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1996.

Throughout the passing of time, as the leader of his band, Pat Metheny Group, Pat Metheny managed to release a very impressive total number of 52 albums, the latest two in 2021. In total, Metheny can be proud of as many as 20 Grammy Awards and three gold albums. He won his first Grammy Award in 1983 with the studio album ‘Offramp’ (by his band, the Pat Metheny Group) in the category of ‘Best Jazz Fusion Performance’ and his last award in 2013 in the category of ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’ with the album ‘Unity Band’ (with the namesake band).

Pat Metheny Group, as featured in a March 1981 edition of The Chronicle student newspaper of Duke University. Image source: Commons Wikimedia

Moreover, music runs deeply in his family as he is the younger brother of flugelhornist Mike Metheny. Throughout the passing of time, the labels that he had been signed with are ECM, Geffen, Warner, and Nonesuch.

Metheny featured in an edition of ‘The Chronicle’ in the student newspaper of Duke University (17 March 1981). Image source: Commons Wikimedia

Below I have selected some of my most favourite all time songs by Pat Metheny. I truly hope you will like them! Therefore, that being said and without any further needless ado on my behalf, I wholeheartedly hope you will have a great audition in the musical company of none other than legendary jazz fusion guitarist Pat Metheny and his band!

Oh, and this very beautiful live gem as well:

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2 thoughts on “Pat Metheny, Legendary Jazz Fusion Guitarist

  1. Bill C says:

    Minuano ! I’m listening now. Been listening to it for years. That’s all.

    1. Victor Rouă says:

      Thank you very much for your time, attention, and readership on The Rockpedia! I am really glad you like listening to Pat Metheny! He is a great musical genius! All the best, much respect, and have an excellent day!

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