Pat Metheny: Pulling It All Together
AAJ: What will the live sets for this band consist of?
PM: We are focusing on the music from the record for now, but we do have more than 100 sets to play together over the course of our tour. I have been foraging through all the old tunes finding ones that I thought would be a good fit for the band and also provide some contrast to the kinds of things that are on the record. We have even dipped into some of the 80/81 material.
AAJ: Assuming it will not be another 30 years before a saxophonist features this prominently on a Pat Metheny project, which reedmen might you be interested in recording or working with?
PM: What is interesting about getting older is the realization that whoever that person may be, he or she may not even be on the planet yet! Talent is an amazing thing and someone really great can appear quite suddenly. I am always on the lookout for people who can really play and can tell me things that I hadn't thought about before.
AAJ: The Unity Band tour dates currently take you well into autumn. What is on the horizon for you after that?
PM: There will be a soundtrack album to the Orchestrion (Nonesuch, 2010) Project film that will be out next year, which is a great wrap up to all the events of that really unique project. After that, stay tuned!
Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch, 2012)
Pat Metheny, Orchestrion (Nonsuch, 2010)
Pat Metheny/Christian McBride/Antonio Sanchez, Tokyo Day Trip (Nonesuch, 2008)
Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman, Song X: Twentieth Anniversary (Nonesuch, 2005)
Pat Metheny Group, The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005)
Pat Metheny, 80/81 (ECM, 1980)
Pages 1: Jimmy Katz
Pages 3, 4: Lisardo Francisco Maggipinto