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SUBJECT: AAJ Review: Pat Metheny Unity Group at Centrepointe Theatre Back to Subjects
Nov 21 2014
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A review of Pat Metheny? Unity Group at Centrepointe Theatre, today at All About Jazz?. "Every time we’re planning a tour," he said to the near-sellout crowd at Ottawa, Canada’s Centrepointe Theatre, "I always ask ’are we going to play Ottawa?’ You think I’m joking..." It’s not often that the opportunity arises to catch a group near the beginning and end of a year-long world tour but, after seeing guitarist Pat Metheny’s Unity Group at Stavanger, Norway’s Mai Jazz Festival in early May, 2014, a second opportunity arose to catch the group’s tour in support of Kin (<—>) (Nonesuch, 2014) in Ottawa and learn just how far the group has come in the six months separating the two dates. And a lot has happened. Metheny doesn’t get to Ottawa as often as he used to; his last visit to the city was as part of the reunited Gary Burton Quartet in 2009 that featured, in addition to the vibraphonist who gave Metheny his first big break back in the 1970s, bassist Steve Swallow and quartet newcomer Antonio Sanchez, who has been Metheny’s drummer of choice since the early part of the new millennium. But the last time the guitarist played Ottawa under his own name was in 2005, in support of Pat Metheny Group’s The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005), before returning to Montréal (where he’d been By Invitation artist for the previous five days) to close the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal the following night with the final show of the tour, performing in front of 125,000 people at a free outdoor show in the city’s downtown core. Continue reading here: at-centrepointe-theatre-pat-metheny-by-john-kelman.php
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