Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2005, Day 7, July 6, 2005
Next up was a series of intimate duets with Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava. Rava, who as an ECM labelmate during most of the years when Metheny was recording for the label, had only played with Metheny a couple of times before, and yet their 25-minute performance felt as though they'd been doing it for years.
Rava's tone is instantly recognizablefull and rich, even when he heads into the upper register; and his sense of construction turns every solo into its own voyage. Metheny played baritone guitar on "My Funny Valentine" and "More," switching to classical for the Jobim classic "How Insensitive," a tune that was part of the Pat Metheny Group repertoire until recently. The challenge of being both accompanist and soloist was one of the best demonstrations of just how advanced Metheny's technique is; and yet, with the inherently thematic foundation of the three standards, Metheny remained true to each song's essence throughout.